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Can someone survive with torn heart valve?

Can someone survive with torn heart valve?

Sure... for a while: The issue is how torn, and how much leakage is coming along for the ride. In an ICU setting, we can usually keep things under control even when it's severe until we can do surgery. Less severe problems may not even need treatment (huge portions of the population have trivial amounts of leakage of one or more valves and this should not prompt concern). ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Valve (Definition)

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


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Please answer! what does it mean if heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survives on medicine?

Please answer! what does it mean if heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survives on medicine?

Need more info: Outcome with valve disease depends on things like which valve, how much damage, heart size and function, symptoms, age, other diseases (including other heart diseases). ...Read more

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Please answer! what do docs mean when they say a heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survive with this?

Complicated: Valves are either blocked or leaky or both. Damage is typically due to aging or calcification, congenital conditions, infections or structural deterioration. Some people live years with minor damage others much less. Survival depends on how severe damage is. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of 75 year old women undergoing heart valve operations?

Depends: It depends on the procedure and the overall health of the patient. Smoking, diabetes, obesity can all lead to higher complication rates. ...Read more

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With 2 previous heart valve replacements and a heart working at 55% what is the rate of survival? Was born w aortic stenosis

With 2 previous heart valve replacements and a heart working at 55% what is the rate of survival? Was born w aortic stenosis

Unknown: There is no real answer to this, impossible to predict. It is a really important question. I empower you to have open discussions with your mds. Better question how long will my valve last? What is the risk of my next operation? ...Read more

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How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

Multiple ways: The are multiple causes for leaky heart valves. Some of the most common causes are: congenital (born that way), rheumatic disease, deterioration over time, and infection of the valve. ...Read more

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Can someone live with a leaky heart valve?

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

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What happens if someone's heart valve malfunctions?

What happens if someone's heart valve malfunctions?

Acute vs Chronic: Everything depend on how fast(acute) the disease valve malfunction vs if malfunction slowly through a period of time. Almost invariable you will have chest pain with shortness of breath from a congestive heart failure. Also depend on the type of malfunction: stenosis vs regurgitation. ...Read more

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