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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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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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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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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

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Avoid tobacco, alcohol and caffiene
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See your cardiologist regularly
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What causes a leaky heart valve?

What causes a leaky heart valve?

Born with vs acquire: Leaky heart valves occur congenitally when some aspect of the valve leaflets/annulus/supporting structures is abnormal at birth. They can also be acquired as a result of changes in the heart structure/valve structure/aorta/lungs over time. Heart attacks can damage valves, as can infectious endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, enlarging aortic root, pulmonary disease causing pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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How to care heart valve diseases?

How to care heart valve diseases?

Too broad: Your question is too broad to answer. Please restate with your actual concern. ...Read more

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Is a sticky heart valve inherited?

Is a sticky heart valve inherited?

Definition: Heart valves function to seal a chamber (closed) so blood can fill. When the chamber contracts the valve opens to allow blood to exit. When the valves do not function properly, we usually refer to a valve leaking or not closing correctly (insufficieny or regurgitation) or not opening correctly (stenotic). So when you describe the vavle being "sticky" can you describe it in these terms? ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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What can worsen a leaky heart valve?

What can worsen a leaky heart valve?

Depends: The 4 main valves in the heart are the mitral valve , aortic valve , pulmonic valve and tricuspid valve. The left sided valves are the mitral and aortic valves. If they leak high systemic blood pressure makes it worse and strict controll of your blood pressure is essential. The right sided valves , especially the the tricuspid valve can be made worse with conditions such as sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What is the function of heart valve?

What is the function of heart valve?

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 more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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A leaky heart valve at 4 means what?

A leaky heart valve at 4 means what?

Depends: It reallyd depends on the amount of leak thru the valve. An ultrasound called an echocardiogram is one way of evaluation a leaky valve. Other terms used are regurge or regurgitation or insufficiency. A pediatric cardiologist would be very helpful in evaluation the leaky valve. ...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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How do heart valve replacements work?

How do heart valve replacements work?

Remove/Replace: The heart is stopped. The patient is placed on bypass which pumps blood and breathes for the patient while the heart and lungs are not being used. The old valve is removed and a new valve is stitched in place. This can be either a "tissue valve" from a pig or cow, or a mechanical valve which is completely artificial. ...Read more

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Can you describe what a heart valve is?

Can you describe what a heart valve is?

Yes: Blood moving through the heart is more effecient if it only moves in one direction. Valves open and allow blood to pass through. Then they close and prevent blood from moving backward from where it came. The aortic and pulmonic valves open in systole (during contraction). The mitral and tricuspid valves open during diastole (when the heart is resting and filling). ...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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What materials is a heart valve made of?

What materials is a heart valve made of?

Depends: Artificial valves come in two general types - biological and mechanical. Biological valves are usually made from cow or pig tissue. Mechanical valves are made of graphite and metal. Patients on mechanical valves need to be on long term coumadin (warfarin). Not all valves need to be replaced, some may be repaired. Good luck. ...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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