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How Long To Live With 3 Leaky Heart Valves
Three leaky heart valves and palpations. Was prescribed no meds. Was told heart was healthy can this be true?
Before echo's: In the old days, rheumatic heart disease was the cause of most "hearable" murmurs:if heard, you were in trouble. Now with better stethoscopes & esp echo machines, "innocent" murmurs are frequently heard (or small valve leaks are commonly seen with echo) and normal--even all four valves. Www. Thepmc. Org. ...Read more
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
Does recovery for two heart valves replaceing longer than just one replaceing plz. I av to have two replaced?
Everyone is different. A lot depends on age, severity of illness and degree of vigor vs. Frailty. On average younger people can expect to be back at full strength in 2-3 months. The stronger you are going in to surgery, the quicker the recovery.
It varies from person to person, but double valve surgery will likely take longer than single valve.
Focus on your goal of full recovery. ...Read more
Heart valves: It is difficult to answer this question and it depends on your symptoms. If your symptoms are minimal the you can safely wait, however if you are suffering debilitating symptoms then you need the repair done as soon as possible ...Read more
How long after a cardiograph will it be for my heart opereation? A bypass and two heart valves replaced plz
Don't understand: I don't understand your question. Please clarify. Are you having a procedure? Is it for a repeat open heart surgery. You need to ask your doctor who is taking care of you to explain all the things he or she wants you to have ...Read more
The physical effect of Betablockers on the heart is they decrease the cardiac contractility can this lead to stiffened Heart Valves in long term use?
There are no long term effects of beta blockers on the heart valves or for that matter ANY STRUCTURAL cardiac abnormalities!!!!!
Hope this helps and answers the NUMEROUS QUESTIONS on this subject at todays on-line session!!
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My 88yr old father has 2 inch tumor and many paulipes in his colon, inoperable because of 90 percent blockage of heart valves. How long dos He have?
Can't answer that: Sadly they do not allow me to answer 3rd party questions. ...Read more
Is 3 leaky heart valves something to be afraid of? No congestive heart failure and being treated with a ACE inhibitor and diuretic.
Depends -? severity: Depends upon the severity, which ones, possible causes; often things need to be followed, your doctor should be able to give you good advice.... ...Read more
4 locations: The first valve blood crosses is the tricuspid valve between the right atrium and right ventricle. Blood then flows across the pulmonic valve between the right ventricle and the lungs on its way to the lungs where it picks up oxygen and discards waste. It returns to the left atrium and crosses the mitral valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. It then exits across the aortic valve. ...Read more
Prevent leak-back: The valves keep the blood moving forward in the circulatory system. The blood moves in starts and stops, with each heart beat. So to keep it moving forward and to prevent it from leaking back when the heart relaxes, there are one-way valves in place, much like the locks and dams in the panama canal. ...Read more
Does not enlarge: Your heart valves don't enlarge. They can get thickened or calcified. They can get infected or destroyed by infection. The structures that support the heart valves can get stretched or rupture, but the valves themselves don't get enlarged. Heart chamber can get enlarged. ...Read more
Huh?: I really don't understand your question. Sorry. ...Read more
Tissue valves: The size of pig and cow valves approximates the size of human valves. They are chemically treated to decrease the likelihood of tissue rejection. The porcine valves are more commonly used than the bovine. ...Read more
Tissue valves: We use beef, pig and human aortic valves as replacements in humans. Those three most closely simulate the size of the human valves. ...Read more
Mitral valve: Outcomes with mitral valve replacement are not quite as good as aortic valve replacement but, in many cases, the mitral valve can be repaired which is always preferable to replacement and has excellent outcomes if it's an option. The tricuspid and pulmonic valves are lower risk and less frequently needed operations. ...Read more
Doubtful: If your father survived into adulthood and procreated, I suspect he has 4 heart valves. ...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
Dr. Says I have trace regurgitation in 3 heart valves. Only recommending yearly echos to check on it. Is this normal im otherwise healthy?
Just a trace.: Trace regurgitation is usually nothing of immediate concern - it wouldn't cause any symptoms and may just be reflective of the way your valves open and close normally and thereby may never progress beyond trace. Yearly 2D echo is recommended to make sure trace regurgitation doesn't become mild, then moderate and then severe, but this doesn't always happen. ...Read more
Analyse risk/benefit: Artificial heart valves came on the medical scene in 1961. Prior to these life savers, open heart surgeons could repair damaged heart valves. A valve repair might last 1 to 6 years. The question you need answered is... Without a heart valve how will my health be? From that point you can get the risk of implanting and maintaining your new valve. Take a friend/family with you to help decide. ...Read more
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