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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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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My sister has a leaking heart valve and she is 27 could she have go get a pacemaker when she gets older?

My sister has a leaking heart valve and she is 27 could she have go get a pacemaker when she gets older?

Unlikely: Valvular heart disease is a "plumbing" problem while arrhythmias and pacemakers are more electrical issues. Of course, there is some overlap, but generally speaking, those are somewhat unrelated issues. Leaking heart valves, if significant, may eventually require medication or even intervention or surgery. Pacemakers are not really part of the therapy unless a rhythm problem eventually develops. ...Read more

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Can minor heart valve leak get worse from lifting heavy stuff? EKG showed depression, 2 years ago, stress test okay then. EKG showed same thing again.

Can minor heart valve leak get worse from lifting heavy stuff? EKG showed depression, 2 years ago, stress test okay then. EKG showed same thing again.

Heavy lifting: does not directly effect a heart valve leak....it may raise the blood pressure and pulse thus making a murmur sound "louder" but the actual structure of the heart is unchanged by the lifting itself BTW I am "confused" a bit about the "depressions" noted on your EKG..some valve problems lead to heart muscle enlargement..(and ST segment depression) again...lifting has only transient effects! Z ...Read more

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My mother has congestive heart failure, leaky heart valve and pneumonia she is hospitalized is there anything that can be done what is live expectancy?

My mother has congestive heart failure, leaky heart valve and pneumonia she is hospitalized is there anything that can be done what is live expectancy?

Of course thingsc: Can be done...This scenario is unfortunately not rare...Prognosis depends on severity of conditions ; patients age ; other comorbidities...Talk to her doctors. ...Read more

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Can a leaking heart valve be repaired and/or replaced without opening the chest?

Sometimes: Nothing available for the mitral or tricuspid valves yet, but the aortic valve can be replaced with a transcatheter inserted valve. This is not for everyone though. It is still considered rather experimental, and reserved only for those who are unable to have open heart surgery. I look forward to advances in these procedures, and hope one day there is a routine, non-ohs alternative. ...Read more

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What is a leaking heart valve? What causes it?

What is a leaking heart valve? What causes it?

Valve: 'Leaking' heart valves are valves with don't close properly. There are various causes of this problem. It can be inherited or acquired. Acquired types include infections and heart damage from inflammatory and ischemic and toxic processes. Structural abnormalities of the muscle or degeneration of valve tissue can also cause the problem. There are too many potential causes to list all here. ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more