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Doctor insights on: Does The Bicuspid Valve Work Harder Than The Tricuspid Valve

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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A 2D Echo Cardiogram indicated a bicuspid valve as opposed to tricuspid valve. Is that going to be a problem? Will there be any issues?

A 2D Echo Cardiogram indicated a bicuspid valve as opposed to tricuspid valve. Is that going to be a problem? Will there be any issues?

Yes: I assume you mean bicuspid aortic valve. Know that patients with a bicuspid aortic valve require surveillance for the development of aortic valve issues (stenosis, regurgitation) and for thoracic aortic aneurysms. You'd be best served with a cardiologist if this is the case. ...Read more

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In police academy. I have a MVP,bicuspid tricuspid valve, &slight electrical delay. Is it safe to get tAsed for my certification (it's 5 seconds)?

In police academy. I have a MVP,bicuspid tricuspid valve, &slight electrical delay. Is it safe to get tAsed for my certification (it's 5 seconds)?

Not sure: What you mean by a slight electrical delay (AV block, sinus pause, QT prolongation??), but I would not recommend being tased given this condition. Look to a cardiologist for this type of 'clearance'. Wouldn't want to develop cardiac arrest trying to get a certification. ...Read more

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Could a tricuspid valve be replace with mechanical?

Yes: Depending on the situation, tricuspid valve problems can be treated with mechanical valves, tissue valves, valve repair, or sometimes medications. Sometime tricuspid valve problems can get better by treating other problems with the heart (like left-sided valve issues). Check with a doctor for details. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tricuspid valve?

The valve between ..: The three flaps of tissue on the right side of the heart that prevent blood from going backwards from the right ventricle to the right atrium with every heart beat. ...Read more

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Can you explain what ebstein's anomaly of the tricuspid valve means?

Congenital anomaly: Ebstein anomaly of the tricuspid valve is a congenital heart disease characterized by "downward" displacement of the tricuspid valve towards the apex of the right ventricle. Often there is an associated atrial septal defect. There are frequent arrhythmias, including wolf-parkinson-white syndrome. There is wide variation in the severity. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to die from a mild case of ebstein's anomaly of the tricuspid valve?

Epstein's anomaly: Yes, it is possible. It can eventually cause right heart failure and even sudden cardiac death. It is very important to be followed by a cardiologist that specializes in adult congenital defects on a regular basis. It is highly variable though. Some patients have a normal life span without many if any symptoms. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/disorders/arrhythmia/Ebsteins-Anomaly ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tricuspid valve repair?

See below: The tricuspid valve separates the upper and lower chambers of the right side of the heart. When the right ventricle enlarges for whatever reason, the tricuspid valve no longer seals when it closes, leading to regurgitation. Repairing the valve requires reducing the size of the valve, as well as repairing the leaflets. If that doesn't work, then a valve replacement would be in order. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my tricuspid valve is slightly thicker than normal but I was born with it?

Tricuspid valve: If you are symptom free, I would not be concerned. For peace of mind you can be checked by a cardiologist periodically ...Read more

Bicuspid (Definition)

It refers to teeth with two cusps or bumps. The bicuspids are usually located between the molars which have 4 to 5 cusps and the cuspids or eye teeth which have one cusp. Most people have 8 ...Read more


Tricuspid Valve (Definition)

The three flaps of tissue on the right side of the heart that prevent blood from going backwards from the right ventricle to the right atrium ...Read more