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Entracoccus Infection Of The Heart Valve
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
They have poor: Blood flow and thus immune protection. Also they are exposed to turbulent intracardiac flow. ...Read more
Numerous: An infection of the heart valves, known as endocarditis, is a very serious disorder. Symptoms usually stem from infection in the blood stream and include fever, chills, possible low blood pressure or even shock, heart failure, shortness of breath, and may include severe damage to the infected valve causing severe leakage of the valve, requiring emergency valve replacement surgery. ...Read more
What is the relationship between inflammation of the heart (carditis) and infection with group a beta-hemolytic streptococci?
Can be: Rheumatic heart disease is pretty rare these days, due to aggressively treating strep throat with antibiotics. However, it is still the most common cause of mitral stenosis. In general, the causes of mitral stenosis include rheumatic fever, infective endocarditis and just the wear and tear of natural aging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To direct flow: A heart valve functions to allow unidirectional blood flow. When chambers of the heart contract, one heart valve will open and one will close; this effectively allows only one low resistance pathway for the blood to follow. If there were no valves, blood would flow backwards from where it just came as well as forwards. This would significantly decrease the effectiveness of the heart as a pump. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mitral location: Calling it a bicuspid mitral valve is redundant. The mitral valve has two (bi) leaflets and was named for its appearance similar to a bishop's miter. It is located between the left atrium and ventricle and its function is to prevent blood from flowing back into the left atrium when the left ventricle contracts and pumps its content into the aorta. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoantibodies: Rheumatic heart disease is one of the complications of an untreated strep infection.A month or more after the infection, the body has made antibodies that mistale the tissue of the heart for the germ they were designed to fight.Over time thease antibodies cause inflamation of the heart and can injure the valves. After the acute phase is past, you have a weaker heart with leaky valves and murmurs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stenosis : Blood will have trouble going between heart chambers and great vessels. Depending on the chronicity and the degree of stenosis, bad damage can happen to your lung circulation and your heart chambers. Consequences can be catastrophic. Heart attacks, syncope, heart failure, arrhthmias, sudden death. Common causes are uncontrol htn, congenital bicuspid aortic valve, infections/iv street drugs etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Although a torn chordae tendinae can result from a heart attack, the two are not synonymous. Tearing of the chordae (part of the mitral valve apparatus) is more often related to other structural diseases of the mitral valve, like mitral valve prolapse and endocarditis (infection of the mitral valve) or chest trauma in some situations. Heart attack only rarely causes a torn chordae. ...Read more
Echo shows Calcification of aortic valve & thickened mitral valve, BP stays 140/100 or higher. Short of breath and fatigue. What could be the cause?
You mean malfunction: The aortic valve has 3 parts or leaflets. When its called bicuspid it has only 2 leaflets. This can be congenital or aquired. If two of the cusps fuse over time is called functional bicuspid vs congenital. Either way it creates an un natural flow across the valve and over time damage the valve. Most often the valve will need replace depending on age diagnosed.Most congen bicuspids will need repla. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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