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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

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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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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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I have a leaky heart valve and now found out I am pregnant. Will one most likely effect the other? I have SVT and a leaky heart valve. I just found out i'm pregnant and want to know if I should be concerned and what danger signs to be aware of if any.

That : That is a very good question and it is good that you are thinking ahead. To be safe, you should be evaluated by a cardiologist and by a high-risk perinatologist. Keep a close eye on any symptoms you have, and notify a physician immediately if you have a concern. Particularly, if you develop any palpitations, light-headedness, fainting, or chest discomfort you must be seen immediately. ...Read more

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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? & what's going to happen?

My mom is 85 and 18 months ago had heart failure due to a leaky aortic valve & af  how long will the valve last?  & what's going to happen?

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 ...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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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac is also known as Heart. Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more


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