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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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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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Which heart valve is commonly replaced?

Which heart valve is commonly replaced?

Valve replacement: The aortic and mitral valves are the ones most commonly replaced. The aortic is probably a bit more commonly replaced than the mitral. ...Read more

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How is a heart valve successfully replaced?

How is a heart valve successfully replaced?

Two ways: In the past, this is done with open heart surgery and the old valve is cut out and a new one sewn in to replace it. A new technique for the aortic valve involves crushing the old valve by blowing up a balloon and then placing the new valve through an artery in the leg, just as is done with a coronary artery stent. The procedure has been used successfully in high risk patients for surgery. ...Read more

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Which heart valve is most commonly replaced?

Which heart valve is most commonly replaced?

Aortic Valve: The most commonly replaced heart valve in the us is the aortic valve. The process of valve disease, usually leading to the tightening of the valve (stenosis) is very similar to that of the development of CAD which is very common in the us. In the developing countries, rheumatic fever in childhood can lead to both mitral and aortic valve disease in the adulthood, but this is not common in the us. ...Read more

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My heart valve is replaced with mechanical. It can v calcium diposions after long time affects function. Alcohol consumption will clear this diposion?

My heart valve is replaced with mechanical. It can v calcium diposions after long time affects function. Alcohol consumption will clear this diposion?

NO: Mild to moderate alcohol use can increase "good" cholesterol, but doesn't affect calcium deposits on valve. I suspect you are on a blood thinner for valve, which CAN be adversely affected by alcohol. ...Read more

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I had mitral heart valve replaced with a metal one 6 months ago, I am on warfarin, how to ease tremendous pain in lower back and leg?

I had mitral heart valve replaced with a metal one 6 months ago, I am on warfarin, how to ease tremendous pain in lower back and leg?

Seek eval: As a general rule, if you're having tremendous pain anywhere, you should try and see a doctor as soon as possible. There are many possible diagnoses and we need to identify the cause to properly treat it. Hope you feel better soon ...Read more

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Brother is taking 6 different blood pressure pills concurrently. His feet swell intermittently. Had heart valve replace. He is being told to undergo d?

Brother is taking 6 different blood pressure pills concurrently. His feet swell intermittently. Had heart valve replace. He is being told to undergo d?

Too complex: 6 BP pills are a sign that there unusual problem. First make sure he takes meds regularly. Some meds like Clonidine cause rebound hi BP if he skips or even delays a pill for a few hours. If he uses a patch, it may be not delivering through skin regularly. I am sure doc ultrasounded kidneys and checked urine. There is a new procedure for this scenario, to do radiofrequency ablation of kidney nerves. ...Read more

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Have atrial fibrillation as a result of childhood rheumatic fever. It is affecting a heart valve. Will the valve need to be replaced?

Have atrial fibrillation as a result of childhood rheumatic fever. It is affecting a heart valve. Will the valve need to be replaced?

Cardiologist: You need to see cardiologist to evaluate your heart valve with echocardiogram. The cardiologist can determine if valve need to be replace or not. ...Read more

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Heart valve problems in grandpa. Is it hereditary; will I get it?

Heart valve problems in grandpa. Is it hereditary; will I get it?

Not likely: There are many different types of heart valve problems, but most are acquired and not necessarily genetic. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with a moderate heart valve leakage?

Can I exercise with a moderate heart valve leakage?

Yes: Start slow and gradually build your endurance if you feel good with your exercise regimen. Notify your doctor if your having difficulty like fatigue, dizziness, chest discomfort or palpitations. ...Read more

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Hi my grandmas heart valve has closed 8 cm. She is ober 80.Does she need operation?

Hi my grandmas heart valve has closed 8 cm. She is ober 80.Does she need operation?

Need more info: Depends on which valve, what pressures and blood flows are like on each side of the valve and throughout the heart and lungs, what your grandma's activity level and symptoms are like, and how healthy she is for her age. Her cardiologist (heart doctor) should be able to give a detailed explanation of the pros & cons of all options in her particular situation, so you can all decide together. ...Read more

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I'm 35 I was told but a Heart Dr that I have a leaky heart valve should I be worried?

I'm 35 I was told but a Heart Dr that I have a leaky heart valve should I be worried?

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

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I have a leaky heart valve how concerned should I be these heart doctors don't explain anything it's the valve that starts with an m?

Mitral valve problem: Your mitral valve is between your left atrium and your left ventricle. There are varying degrees of dysfunction from mild to very severe. You have to sit down with your cardiologist and see where you're at. ...Read more

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What is heart valve disease?

Various: There are 4 valves in the heart which keep the blood moving in one direction. These valves can either leak or become narrowed. This may be the result of a valve which is structurally abnormal at birth or a valve which is damaged from infection, heart attack, rheumatic fever, or other illness. ...Read more

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What causes heart valve disease?

What causes heart valve disease?

Multiple causes.: Stress, stretch, calcium deposition and degeneration all are factors that lead to disease in heart valves. Recurrent inflammation, rheumatic heart disease, infection on the valves themselves is other reasons. Heart conditions and other disorders, age-related changes, rheumatic fever, and infections can cause acquired heart valve disease. These factors change the shape or flexibility of once-normal. ...Read more

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What heart valve affects the lungs?

What heart valve affects the lungs?

All: Really all heart valves can affect the lungs one way or another. The valves on the left side (aortic and mitral) can do this because when they do not function properly, usually lungs get congested, the valves on the right side (pulmonic and tricuspid) can affect the lungs usually if they are atretic (small) at birth, leading to underdevelopment of the lungs. ...Read more

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Weight Training (Definition)

This is an exercise program focusing on strength training via use of resistance. The weights used can be barbells, dumb bells, track machines with ...Read more