how long can a person live with a leaky heart valve my mom has one

how long can a person live with a leaky heart valve? my mom has one

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Dr. Liviu Klein
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It depends


It depends where the involved valve is located (right sided are less of a problem compared to left sided), and the severity of leakage (severe regurgitation can lead to symptoms and decrease the heart function which can lead to shorten survival).
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My mom was recently told she has a very mild leaky heart valve no meds were prescribed, what should she do?

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Nothing


Very mild leakage of a heart valve by echocahrdiogram is very common and can be seen normally. We commonly see such leakage in a high percentage of normal people involving for instatnce the tricuspid valve. So it is likely that nothing needs to be done.
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Nothing!


Virtually 100% of us have some leaking of their valves. It's never serious unless there's severe leaking. Even then, there are no drugs to use and it takes decades in many cases to become significant. Fear not!
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What questions should we ask when my mom goes to talk the surgeon about getting a heart valve replacement?

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Dr. Liviu Klein
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Many questions


Ask about personal experience, outcomes (survival, stroke rate, renal failure, sternal infection rate), length of stay post-op, type of valve used (biological vs. mechanical), possibility of valve repair rather than replacement (depending on the valve involved). Get benchmark numbers from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) website or http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
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Heart failure

Interesting Fact

HF can be produced by too fast or too slow a heart rate, bad valves, bad contraction or relaxation.

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Which questions should we ask when my mom goes to talk the surgeon about getting a heart valve replacement?

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Dr. Ehab Kasasbeh
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Many


They should provide you with details about the surgery. What is important to you is the average length of stay and the surgeon's mortality and morbidity risk compared to standard. Common scoring systems are ATS and EUROscore. Please provide risk for a particular patient and are often used to compare to standard
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I have been having front upper left chest pain and dizziness. I have family history of heart problems. My mom has a bad heart valve and an aortic aneurysm. I have no health insurance currently. What would be your best advice?

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Dr. Steven W. Guyton
Thoracic Surgery
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A free health clinic


If you can't afford to see a cardiologist there are a number of places where you can be seen for very little. You may have to show that you can't afford to pay.
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Heart attack

What To Ask Your Doc

1. What are my risk factors for heart attack? 2. Can any of my risk factors be modified?

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How long can a person go without a tricuspid heart valve transplant?

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Dr. Frederick A. Tibayan
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It's complicated


The purpose of the tricuspid valve is to allow forward glow into the right ventricle and not leak. Malfunctioning tricuspid valves are repaired or replaced (not transplanted). If and when this is appropriate depends on things like the function of your heart, presence and degree of heart failure, overall medical condition, and other heart problems.
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My mom is 85 and 18 months ago had heart failure due to a leaky aortic valve & AF how long will the valve last? & whats going to happen?

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Valve replacement?


If she had a new valve implanted, it will last her the rest of her life. If not, her candidacy for valve replacement will depend on her general health, other illnesses, and motivation. Heart failure due aortic regurgitation is ominous, especially in view of her age. CHF can be treated with medications but will eventually get worse. AF requires anticoagulation and control with medication .
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Please answer! What does it mean if heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survives on medicine?

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Dr. Frederick A. Tibayan
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Need more info


Outcome with valve disease depends on things like which valve, how much damage, heart size and function, symptoms, age, other diseases (including other heart diseases).
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Please answer! What do docs mean when they say a heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survive with this?

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Dr. Donald Thomas
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Complicated


Valves are either blocked or leaky or both. Damage is typically due to aging or calcification, congenital conditions, infections or structural deterioration. Some people live years with minor damage others much less. Survival depends on how severe damage is.
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