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Can A Leaky Heart Valve Heal
Not in adults:
Many many children have a "heart mummurs" or so called leaky valves and often they do disappear by adolescent age or earlier. Unfortunately for adults, leaky valves typically results from diseases and they don't go away without treatments. If you have it, check with your doc for regular monitoring. Some type may require antibiotics before dental work etc. Thus should consult your doc.
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A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more
How often does a ficial heart murmur heal itself and can a leaking heart valve close itself? Also he hasn't seen cardiologist since diagnosed @ 15mo
Uncertain terms: I don't know what the word "ficial" means. Most children who have a heart murmur have a "normal" murmur. That means that there is noise with blood flow, but no actual underlying abnormality causing the noise. This is a normal finding, and typically, with growth, the murmur disappears. Other terms that people use are "innocent" and "functional" to describe such murmurs. ...Read more
Born with vs acquire: Leaky heart valves occur congenitally when some aspect of the valve leaflets/annulus/supporting structures is abnormal at birth. They can also be acquired as a result of changes in the heart structure/valve structure/aorta/lungs over time. Heart attacks can damage valves, as can infectious endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, enlarging aortic root, pulmonary disease causing pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more
Depends: The 4 main valves in the heart are the mitral valve, aortic valve, pulmonic valve and tricuspid valve. The left sided valves are the mitral and aortic valves. If they leak high systemic blood pressure makes it worse and strict controll of your blood pressure is essential. The right sided valves, especially the the tricuspid valve can be made worse with conditions such as sleep apnea. ...Read more
Yes: Many people can have mild leaks (regurgitation) of one or more of their heart valves (aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic). Often mild to moderate regurgitation is tolerated quite well and can be followed. Moderate to severe regurgitation can sometimes be followed closely if the patient has no symptoms and the heart is otherwise ok, but severe leaks can lead to serious problems. ...Read more
Insufficiency: Leaky heart valves produce volume loads on the heart. They may produce abnormal rhythms early. As the heart enlarges the back pressure builds up in the lungs and shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity is seen. We try and repair or replace these valves when the heart enlargement is seen to be progressing. ...Read more
Depends: If mild, u may not have any symptoms. When heart valves become moderate to severe in their "leakiness" then shortness of breath can occur, dizziness, palpitations=feelings like heart is pumping really hard, too fast or slow, and chest pressure too. But all these symptoms also occur in panic attacks too. Many young females have Mitral Valve Prolapse which people live all their life without issues ...Read more
I am a 33 yr old female with no health problems. I was told I have a leaky heart valve. How did this leaky valve happen?
Not enough info: Your heart has 4 valves and anyone of them can leak. The most common valve that leaks is the mitral valve, but the aortic and tricuspid valves will have leaks at times, too. Many people have mitral valve prolapse which can increase the chances that the mitral valve will leak. Many people can have a small amount of leakage and just be observed and/or treated with meds. Close followup is key. ...Read more
Devil in the details: Depends entirely on which valve and how much leaking. Some leaking of the tricuspid and pulmonic valve is 100% normal. Mild leakage of the mitral valve is technically "abnormal" but nearly universal and harmless. Mild leakage of the aortic valve is abnormal but well tolerated. Severe leakage should be followed by your heart doc and treated if certain criteria are met. ...Read more
I have a leaky heart valve, they say my heart is to weak to do surgery. So I have been taking meds. Do I need to watch what I do.?
Can combination of Propranolol 10 and Citalopram 20 decrease BP to 105/55? My BP was so last night at 22:30. Can this indicate a leaky heart valve?
Low BP maybe: Since both propranolol & citalopram are metabolized by similar liver enzymes, propranolol may built up in the body and lead to low blood pressure. This is rarely encountered in clinical practice but possible. A lower dose or a different medication in the same class may resolve the problem. Symptoms are more important than numbers. A higher pulse pressure is usually noted with valve problems. ...Read more
I have a leaky heart valve and some days it flutters a lot and some days it doesn't. Why? It flutters in my neck and also sometimes in my abdomen
Yes, this can happen.: When a cardiac valve is leaky the blood regurgitates back into the chamber from where the blood came originally instead of going in the forward direction to the next chamber. When it happens the tissues don't get enough blood and oxygen. At the same time the overfilled chamber from the leaky valve is trying to make up by beating faster than it should be, to meet out the demands of tissues. ...Read more
It depends.: It depends upon the basis for the comment. If the comment was based upon a review of an echocardiographic assessment of ones heart, then it implies a near-normal valve. On the other hand, if it's based upon the reporting of the intensity of a heart murmur heard with a stethoscope, then the accuracy is dependent upon the skill of the person using the instrument. ...Read more
Valve: Expect reasonably to live 52 more years ...Read more
Have leaky heart valve. Not sure which but I think Tricuspid. Test was 2 yr ago but just told by dr yesterday. Need to worry? Dr said 80% ppl have
Valvar insufficiency: From the character of your statement you likely have nothing to worry about on this subject. You should however ask this question and for details of your Doc who has the most information about you specifically ...Read more
Definition: Heart valves function to seal a chamber (closed) so blood can fill. When the chamber contracts the valve opens to allow blood to exit. When the valves do not function properly, we usually refer to a valve leaking or not closing correctly (insufficieny or regurgitation) or not opening correctly (stenotic). So when you describe the vavle being "sticky" can you describe it in these terms? ...Read more
To direct flow: A heart valve functions to allow unidirectional blood flow. When chambers of the heart contract, one heart valve will open and one will close; this effectively allows only one low resistance pathway for the blood to follow. If there were no valves, blood would flow backwards from where it just came as well as forwards. This would significantly decrease the effectiveness of the heart as a pump. ...Read more
Are you a surgeon?: Some heart valves can be repaired. Some can't. Full textbooks and extensive lecture series with demonstrations are devoted to this subject. Most people rely on their doctor who can refer them to a surgeon who is very practiced in this highly technical field. ...Read more
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