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Dr. Walter Husar
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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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Why does infective endocarditis attack the mitral valve and not the other ones?

Why does  infective endocarditis attack  the mitral valve and not the other ones?

It affects all valve: The left sided valves (aortic and mitral) are commonly the most fequent infected. This can result from dental work, infections elsewhere. The right sided valves can get infected too with the tricuspid eing more frequently involved. Ths is seen in i've drug users frequently. ...Read more

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Why does bacterial endocarditis usually attack the mitral valve and not the others?

Why does bacterial endocarditis usually attack the mitral valve and not the others?

Endocarditis: Bacterial infection of the heart valves is rare. Any valve can become infected, but usually an abnormal or damaged valve is the most susceptible. Mitral valve prolapse is one of the more common valve abnormalities and may be more likely to get infection. ...Read more

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Scarring on mitral valve from endocarditis had 2 strokes what are cjances of a 3rd?

Scarring on mitral valve from endocarditis had 2 strokes what are cjances of a 3rd?

No one knows!: You need an expert cardiology review, and then treatment directed at reducing embolic showers that cause your strokes. But even with full workup any answer is still a guess! sort of like asking the chances of a 3rd heart attack after already having heart disease severe enough to cause 2 heart attacks! but there are ways to reduce your risks. See your doctor! ...Read more

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Will a torn chordae tendineae of mitral valve from endocarditis heal without surgery ?

Will a torn chordae tendineae of mitral  valve from endocarditis heal without surgery ?

Chorda tendinae: A ruptured chorda tendinae would be very unlikely to reattach. If the mitral insufficiency produced is signficant volume and it usually is, surgical intervention is most often necessary. Some folks with ruptured chordae don't need immediate surgery but eventual surgery remains likely. ...Read more

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My daughter had mitral valve surgery.In 2009 and recently got infective endocarditis and had to have another mitral valve repir. Will there be more su?

See below: There could be more surgeries. If the child is 8 years old the size of the mitral valve may need to be increased as she grows. This is outside of the damage that endocarditis can do to the valve. ...Read more

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Will cardio exercise cause leakage of your mitral heart valve if your mitral valve is weakened due to endocarditis?

Will cardio exercise  cause leakage of your mitral heart valve if your mitral valve is weakened due to endocarditis?

No: Cardio improves overall heart-lung-muscle function. A leaking valve will not be damaged, per se. However, depending on the amount of valve damage and leak from the endocarditis, total cardio performance may be limited. Discuss with you doctor about performing an exercise stress test before engaging in strenuous cardio exercise. ...Read more

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Few yrs After Mitral Valve repair will now have B12 injections Would injections be less of a risk for Endocarditis in other areas eg leg than arm?

Few yrs After Mitral Valve repair 
will now have B12 injections
Would injections be less of a risk
for Endocarditis in other areas
eg leg than arm?

Skin cleansing: As long as the skin is properly cleansed, it should be okay to take the injection at a site convenient for you. Arm is usually easier and you may wish to use the arm as the volume of injection is not much. ...Read more

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Should a couple ruptured Chordae tendineae and (as a result) mitral valve prolapse from endocarditis warrant worry for a 26 y/o athlete? No symptoms.

Should a couple ruptured Chordae tendineae and (as a result) mitral valve prolapse from endocarditis warrant worry for a 26 y/o athlete? No symptoms.

Ruptured chordae: Generally this condition will cause mitral valve insufficiency which may increase over time. Discuss with your doctor, you may need an exercise echo test to see if mitral insufficiency is present or increases with increasing exercise. Your Dr.(cardiologist)can advise of your status with the information. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol cause leakage of your mitral heart valve, if you have a weakened mitral valve due to endocarditis.?

Will drinking alcohol cause leakage of your mitral heart valve, if you have a weakened mitral valve due to endocarditis.?

Cardiomyopathy: Alcohol is not likely to directly effect a endocarditis damaged valve. However, heavy alcohol usage can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy. This toxic effect injures the heart muscle, diminishes the muscle function, and dilates the heart. Dilation of the heart causes valves to leak. "echocardiogram may show enlarged heart chambers, leaking valves, and reduced pumping efficiency" http://goo.Gl/po8vcu. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I am having mild mitral valve prolapse with mild mitral regurgitation. Does i get endocarditis or it is very rare?

Low risk : As long as those are your only heart problems, your risk of endocarditis is quite low. As a matter of fact, people in your situation no longer have to take antibiotics before dental work. ...Read more

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I had infective endocaditis in my mitral valve my cardologist said IV drug use affects the right side valves does peridontal affect the mitrlal valve?

I had infective endocaditis in my mitral valve my cardologist said IV drug use affects the right side valves does peridontal affect the mitrlal valve?

Infective endocardit: Although IV drug users often develop endocarditis on the right side of the heart they may have any valve involved, particularly if there exists a right to left shunt, either from the pulmonary HTN induced by IV drug use emboli or anatomic variances (patent foramen ovale, etc.). Periodonitis with bacteremia most commonly produces aortic or mitral valve disease, but again any valve may be infected. ...Read more

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"Nurse"no need for Sterile wipe forB12 loading dose today 5 more over two weeks had Mitral Valve repair so have to be careful of Infection Endocardit?

Needs 2 b cleaned.: Any injection site needs to be wiped with a sterile alcohol wipe. Our skin is riddled with bacteria, and any needle stick has the potential to bring bacteria through. These injection sites need to be wiped with a sterile alcohol wipe before injection. ...Read more

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Life therapy of antibiotics for enterococcal endocarditis 76 male mitral valve and pacemaker?

Life therapy of antibiotics for enterococcal endocarditis 76 male mitral valve and pacemaker?

Endocarditis: The combination of ampicillen and gentamycin can be an effective treatment for enterococcal endocarditis. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to have anxiety attacks?

Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to have anxiety attacks?

Unlikely: This is a situation where two conditions that are very common (mitral valve prolapse and anxiety) may coexist in the same individual but is does not mean one caused the other. Some people with mvp may experience palpitations which could be unsettling and someone with anxiety may feel overwhelmed by having what they percieve as "something wrong with their heart". ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Endocarditis (Definition)

An infection of the inner lining of your heart. It generally occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart. Left untreated, endocarditis can damage or destroy your heart valves and can ...Read more