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Could a heart valve repair itself?

Could a heart valve repair itself?

No: If a heart valve is leaky or stenotic these conditions do not generally improve without intervention. This is due to the fact that once abnormal mechanical forces start they can begin a cycle of negative effects. The rate of progression varies tremendously, often related to the root cause. Many people, for example, with trivial leaky valves live normally without ever having any problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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How is a malfunctioning heart valve repaired?

How is a malfunctioning heart valve repaired?

Depends: This is a very open-ended question. Dependent on the valve involved and the malady, the valve may be repaired or replaced. You have to be a bit more specific. ...Read more

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Could a heart muscle repair after a heart attack?

Could a heart muscle repair after a heart attack?

Depends: Dead heart tissue heals by forming scar tissue. Heart tissue, which is ischemic, does have the ability to heal, but dead tissue is dead, period. ...Read more

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How is a heart valve surgically repaired?

How is a heart valve surgically repaired?

Depends which valve: Repair most commonly is done on mitral valve, especially when mitral prolapse is present. The excess, "floppy" tissue causing the valve to prolapse is excised to make leaflets more taught. Sometimes an artificial ring is inserted around the base of the leaflets to cinch the whole apparatus together, if it has become dilated, preventing leaflets from closing up against each other. ...Read more

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What causes heart valve leakage on a repaired mitral valve? I had a mitral valve repair, what will cause the repaires valve to start to have some leak

What causes heart valve leakage on a repaired mitral valve? I had a mitral valve repair, what will cause the repaires valve to start to have some leak

Some leakage : Some leakage is the norm. This is nothing to worry about. Your cardiologist will keep an eye on this . You will have periodic echocardiograms (maybe every year or more) to follow this. What you do not need to do is fixate on this and worry yourself to death! you are better - enjoy this! hope this helps! ...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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How to repair a damaged heart valve?

How to repair a damaged heart valve?

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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Can Mitral Valve Repair be structural heart disease or it still be Structural Normal Heart for example in NSVT<30secs Asked Cardiologist didn't know.

Can Mitral Valve Repair be structural heart disease or it still be Structural Normal Heart for example in NSVT<30secs Asked Cardiologist didn't know.

Abmormal: Mitral valve disease can cause abnormal heart beats from atrium or ventricle. Also can cause heart failure. This is the maim reason, paitents with sever mitral valve prolaps and regurgitation (leak). meed mital valve replacement or repair.. ...Read more

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An echocardiogram revealed mild mitral valve thickening & prolapse. Can this be causing a fast heart rate/tiredness?

An echocardiogram revealed mild mitral valve thickening & prolapse. Can this be causing a fast heart rate/tiredness?

Probably not: Unless you have additional valve pathology such as significant stenosis or regurgitation, it is unlikely. Many people have some mitral valve prolapse and the vast majority are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Does alcohol weaken heart valves and is it bad to drink if you have had mitral valve repair heart surgery to fix leaky valve.

Does alcohol weaken heart valves and is it bad to drink if you have had mitral valve repair heart surgery to fix leaky valve.

Alcohol: Alcohol weakens heart muscle, it doesn't do much to the valves. More than one drink a day is 'bad' for everybody and recently suggested to be even worse as you get past middle age. ...Read more

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What does a minor leaky heart valve mean?

What does a minor leaky heart valve mean?

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

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Can mitral valve prolapse be a cause of svt?

Can mitral valve prolapse be a cause of svt?

Not likely: Mvp typically doesn't cause too many problems in an otherwise healthy person. If there is an underlying heart problem or other disease process at work, then all bets are off. While it may be associated with it, the mvp isn't likely to be the direct cause. ...Read more

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Can a leaky heart valve heal?

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.. Good luck. ...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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Can mitral valve prolapse be considered as a heart disease?

Can mitral valve prolapse be considered as a heart disease?

No and yes: It comes in all flavors. Mild mvp is considered to be a variant of normal. Severe mvp with severe regurgitation can lead to atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure requiring mitral valve repair surgery. ...Read more

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Is the heart valve a tissue?

Is the heart valve a tissue?

Yes: The heart valve is specific tissue made of collagen that is thin layered yet durable. ...Read more

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How common is a femoral artery injury during a heart cath that needs surgery to repair?

Fairly rare: About 15-20 % of all femoral artery catheterizations have some type of complication, either bleeding or clotting. Much fewer than this actually require surgery. ...Read more

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Will cardio excercise cause a weakened heart valve to start leaking ? Will excercise cause heart valve leakage if you have a weakened mitral valve.

Will cardio excercise cause a weakened heart valve to start leaking ? Will excercise cause heart valve leakage if you have a weakened mitral valve.

If for example: You have mitral valve prolapse, an exercise aerobic regimen will increase your cardiopulmonary capacity without worsening your heart valve problem. I always recommend a physician approval of your exercise plan if a person have any heart condition. ...Read more