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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

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). ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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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My mom was recently told she has a very mild leaky heart valve no meds were prescribed, what should she do?

My mom was recently told she has a very mild leaky heart valve no meds were prescribed, what should she do?

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! ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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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?

Please answer! What do docs mean when they say a heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survive with this?

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. ...Read more

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Please answer! What does it mean if heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survives on medicine?

Please answer! What does it mean if heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survives on medicine?

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). ...Read more

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Is taking msm a bad choice for one that has mitral heart valve problems problems?

Is taking msm a bad choice for one that has mitral heart valve problems problems?

Probably: Msm is a sulfur compound sold to people as a supplement. It is not an fda-regulated prescription drug, so it's effects, it's quality, it's consistency, it's benefits, and it's dangers are not well studied and may be unknown. Msm is not proven to help people, and people are not proven to be missing msm. This all means that msm needs more research before it can be considered not "a bad choice". ...Read more

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I have a degenerative heart valve, had valvuloplasty in early 2001, how much longer can it last?

I have a degenerative heart valve, had valvuloplasty in early 2001, how much longer can it last?

What valve?: A stenotic mitral, tricuspid or pulmonic valve may last many years after valvuloplasty, an aortic valve usually only 6 moths. So since it was in 2001, my guess it was one of these three. Valves can also now be replaced by a similar technique, a valve sewn into a stent that is expanded into place with a valvuloplasty ballon, currently only approved for the aortic, in high risk patients for surgery. ...Read more

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I have a degenerative heart valve and had valvuloplasty in early 2001, how much longer will the valve last?

I have a degenerative heart valve and had valvuloplasty in early 2001, how much longer will the valve last?

Variable: If you are 30 now, your valve was ballooned when you were ~19. The valve location was not specified- most common would be either the pulmonic valve due to pulmonic stenosis or the mitral valve from mitral stenosis. You need to have this reevaluated on a periodic basis with an echocardiogram. It may be several more years before the valve restenoses, then may need re-plasty or valve replacement. ...Read more

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Curious about heart valve surgery and recovery. What are the risks and how long is recovery?

Curious about heart valve surgery and recovery. What are the risks and how long is recovery?

It depends: The risk of valve surgery varies with a lot of things. Age, general condition, previous surgery, and medical problems have an impact. Also the overall function of the heart and other heart problems, as well as the acuity of the procedure (elective, urgent, emergent). Likewise, recovery varies with the operation and patient. See a doctor for details. Good luck! ...Read more

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Men, 85 years old. Narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart. Valve area 0.8cm2,42mmhg。he is normal, no pain, no nothing. How long does he can live?

Men, 85 years old. Narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart. Valve area 0.8cm2,42mmhg。he is normal, no pain, no nothing. How long does he can live?

Depend on symptoms: This is a severe aortic stenosis as per valve area and the gradient across the aortic valve. You need a cardiovascular surgeon evaluation. Most common symptoms chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, syncopes. Your age is not a contraindication for surgery. A less invasive procedure is a trans catheter aortic valve replacement (tavr). If you are symptomatic the risk of death increase. ...Read more

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My heart valve is replaced with mechanical. It can v calcium diposions after long time affects function. Alcohol consumption will clear this diposion?

My heart valve is replaced with mechanical. It can v calcium diposions after long time affects function. Alcohol consumption will clear this diposion?

NO: Mild to moderate alcohol use can increase "good" cholesterol, but doesn't affect calcium deposits on valve. I suspect you are on a blood thinner for valve, which CAN be adversely affected by alcohol. ...Read more

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I had mitral heart valve replaced with a metal one 6 months ago, I am on warfarin, how to ease tremendous pain in lower back and leg?

I had mitral heart valve replaced with a metal one 6 months ago, I am on warfarin, how to ease tremendous pain in lower back and leg?

Seek eval: As a general rule, if you're having tremendous pain anywhere, you should try and see a doctor as soon as possible. There are many possible diagnoses and we need to identify the cause to properly treat it. Hope you feel better soon ...Read more

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2yr on heart Valve Repair Migraine Auras no headache had one today and one hr later get them 4-5 times a mth withPropranolol 1every 8wks anynew ideas?

2yr on heart Valve Repair Migraine Auras no headache had one today and one hr later get them 4-5 times a mth withPropranolol 1every 8wks anynew ideas?

Episodic Migraine: Once a diagnosis of episodic migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See your GP for evaluation and professional migraine management. ...Read more

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Can someone live with a leaky heart valve?

Can someone live with a leaky heart valve?

Yes: Many people can have mild leaks (regurgitation) of one or more of their heart valves (aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic). Often mild to moderate regurgitation is tolerated quite well and can be followed. Moderate to severe regurgitation can sometimes be followed closely if the patient has no symptoms and the heart is otherwise ok, but severe leaks can lead to serious problems. ...Read more

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If a person had a faulty heart valve, could that individual go 3 to 4 mi in 30 min on a cross trainer, do a hundred push-ups on a little over a min?

If a person had a faulty heart valve, could that individual go 3 to 4 mi in 30 min on a cross trainer, do a hundred push-ups on a little over a min?

Mild valve problem: If the heart valve abnormality is mild, cardiac output could be good enough to perform vigorous exercise without symptoms. It is still advisable to have a your physician clear you for vigorous exercise however. ...Read more

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Any risks with tissue or metal heart valve replacements in a person who has sle?

Any risks with tissue or metal heart valve replacements in a person who has sle?

Possibly: Need to discuss individual case with cardiologist and cqrdiothoracic surgeon if there is heart involvement, and if drugs would make surgery or recovery more difficult. ...Read more

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Alright, narrowing this down. If a person has a faulty heart valve, then vigorous physical activity would not be possible without symptoms, right?

Alright, narrowing this down. If a person has a faulty heart valve, then vigorous physical activity would not be possible without symptoms, right?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the 'fault'. A mild leak across a single heart valve would be unlikely to cause any physical limitations or symptoms, . ...Read more

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How risky is a heart valve replacement surgery on an obese person?

How risky is a heart valve replacement surgery on an obese person?

Heart valve: Hard to give a number, but being obese definitely increases your risk during and after heart valve surgery. ...Read more

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I'm 35 I was told but a Heart Dr that I have a leaky heart valve should I be worried?

I'm 35 I was told but a Heart Dr that I have a leaky heart valve should I be worried?

Devil in the details: Depends entirely on which valve and how much leaking. Some leaking of the tricuspid and pulmonic valve is 100% normal. Mild leakage of the mitral valve is technically "abnormal" but nearly universal and harmless. Mild leakage of the aortic valve is abnormal but well tolerated. Severe leakage should be followed by your heart doc and treated if certain criteria are met. ...Read more

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I have a leaky heart valve how concerned should I be these heart doctors don't explain anything it's the valve that starts with an m?

I have a leaky heart valve how concerned should I be these heart doctors don't explain anything it's the valve that starts with an m?

Mitral valve problem: Your mitral valve is between your left atrium and your left ventricle. There are varying degrees of dysfunction from mild to very severe. You have to sit down with your cardiologist and see where you're at. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a leaky heart valve that causes palpitations?

Not causative: Leaky heart valves do not cause palpitations. However, patients with mitral valve prolapse have a higher incidence of palpitations and arrhythmias (eg premature beats) for unknown reasons. ...Read more

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I have a leaky heart valve, they say my heart is to weak to do surgery. So I have been taking meds. Do I need to watch what I do.?

Absolutely: You should talk to your doctor about the limitations of your physical activity, level of exercise, as well as your diet. And make sure you take your medication reguarly on time. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of a leaky heart valve?

Insufficiency: Leaky heart valves produce volume loads on the heart. They may produce abnormal rhythms early. As the heart enlarges the back pressure builds up in the lungs and shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity is seen. We try and repair or replace these valves when the heart enlargement is seen to be progressing. ...Read more