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How To Treat Absent Pulmonary Valve Quickly
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
ACHD - National Org: I think your best source of both information and the ability to connect with others with VSD/absent pulmonary valve is the American Congenital Heart Disease Association. (www.achaheart.org) website. They will have their annual meeting in Chicago Sept 5th-7th and much of it revolves around patients and their families. I have spoke at it before and it is an excellent meeting. Please check it out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare CHD: A rare congenital heart defect. The pulmonary valve doesn’t form and not enough blood can flow to the lungs to get oxygen; only through the PDA (patent ductus arteriosus). It often occurs as part of a condition called tetralogy of fallot. There is usually a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart (ventricular septal defect). Surgery as a newborn is required. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Pulmonary valve atresia causes intense cyanosis and possibly respiratory distress. An absent pulmonary valve (tetralogy of fallot with absent pulmonary valve syndrome) presents with a heart murmur and respiratory distress. They usually have very dilated pulmonary arteries that compress the airways. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare defect: Absent pulmonary valve syndrome is a rare congenital heart defect. Some of the features are similar to tetralogy of fallot. An important difference in most babies with absent pulmonary valve syndrome is that the pulmonary arteries are very large, and often associated with problems with the airways. Surgery is required to repair the problems in the heart and repair the pulmonary arteries. ...Read more
Respiratory distress: Absent pulmonary valve syndrome is a rare form of congenital heart disease. There are some features that are similar to tetralogy of fallot. Absent pulmonary valve syndrome is different than pulmonary valve atresia. Corrective surgery is required. Typically, the dominant feature early is respiratory distress due to compression of the trachea and bronchi by enlarged pulmonary arteries. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably none needed: If born this way, there probably is nothing that absolutely needs to be done because of an absent pulmonic valve per se. The valve adds to efficient function of the "right" (vs. Left) sided heart chambers, but the heart may compensate by itself. Any active intervention may be fraught with more risk than benefit, but consulting a pediatric cardiologist is prudent to confirm this & get best advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pulmonary stenosis: Treatment for pulmonary valve stenosis varies depending upon the severity of stenosis and symptoms, and whether this is an isolated finding or there are other comorbid issues. Generally patients with mild to moderate stenosis may not require intervention, whereas patients with moderate to severe stenosis might require a catheter -or surgical-based approach to open up the narrowing. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on age, size of infundibulum, pulmonary annulus, tricuspid or bicuspid valve or degree of pulmonary atresia, primary or redo after previous congenital cardiac surgical repair. If it is a newborn and the annulus size is good and magoon ratio good, simple balloon angioplasty can be considered. Later on stented bioprosthesis can be considered. Otherwise pulmonary homograft at birth may be need. ...Read more
The heart has 4 chambers. The right ventricle is the pumping chamber whic h pushes blood into the lungs so oxygen can be put into the blood. When the right ventricle squeezes, the pulmonary valve opens and blood flows into the lungs. When the right ventricle relaxes to fill, the pulmonary valve closes so blood can't flow backwards ...Read more
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