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After a bout with bacterial endocarditis, what hurts the heart valves?

After a bout with bacterial endocarditis, what hurts the heart valves?

Infection and scar: Endocarditis often occurs on valves damaged due to other diseases, e.g., rheumatic fever, bicuspid valve. The bacterial infection and associated inflammation further damage the valves which is further complicated by scarring on healing. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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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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What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

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

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My daughter was diagnoised with bacterial endocarditis that damaged her heart valves. They told us the damage is to sever to be what can we do if a doctor said heart valve damage is too sever and we need to make my daughter a dnr. Is there other treatment

My daughter was diagnoised with bacterial endocarditis that damaged her heart valves. They told us the damage is to sever to be what can we do if a doctor said heart valve damage is too sever and we need to make my daughter a dnr. Is there other treatment

Bacterial : Bacterial endocarditis can be a devastating disease indeed and i cannot imagine the pain and suffering you are going through. While far more information is needed to render a definitive opinion, i will offer some thoughts that i hope you will find useful in deciding how best to proceed. Although damage to the heart valves is certainly one of the potential serious complications of bacterial endocarditis, it is important to clarify whether that is in fact the main reason that have led her doctors to recommended that you consider changing your daughter's code status to dnr (an abbreviation for do not resuscitate). In my experience, unless her endocarditis occurred sometime time ago, the damage was very severe, involved multiple valves and went unrecognized and thus untreated for some time, it is possible, if not likely that there are other reasons for the ‘dnr’ recommendation (examples such as infected emboli to her brain or other important organs, etc.). If the reason for the ‘dnr’ recommendation is in fact the severity of her heart valve disease, find out all you can and seek another opinion. Based on what i can discern from your question, I am afraid there is likely to be more here than what is obvious from the available information. ...Read more

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What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

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

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What is the definition or description of: infection of heart valves?

What is the definition or description of: infection of heart valves?

Endocarditis: When a bacteria gets in the bloodstream, there is a chance of attaching to a heart valve. This is called endocarditis. If this happens, the bacteria can grow, causing lesions called vegetations to appear which can break off and plug small blood vessels in the hand, foot, or brain. The bacterial growth can also cause the valve to leak. If this is significant, valve replacement may be needed. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called an infection of the heart valves.?

Describe the disorder called an infection of the heart valves.?

Endocarditis: It is called endocarditis. Can be caused mostly by bacterias and fungus. It is a very serious condition that requires immediate intervention. Valves can deteriorate fast and hence cardiac function be compromised ...Read more

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Is there much of a link between flossing and/or using mouthwash and infections of the heart valves?

Perhaps.: Good dental care greatly reduces the risk of bacteria getting in the blood stream from the mouth, but this is likely something that occurs frequently in normal people. Abnormal heart valves are prone to infection so procedures that are likely to cause bacteria entry into blood are hazardous. Flossing is very low risk. Some dental procedures and colonoscopy may require antibiotics for safety. ...Read more

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After a bout with bacterial endocarditis, what hurts the heart valves?

Infection and scar: Endocarditis often occurs on valves damaged due to other diseases, e.g., rheumatic fever, bicuspid valve. The bacterial infection and associated inflammation further damage the valves which is further complicated by scarring on healing. ...Read more

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How long should i be kept waiting for two damaged leaking heart valves replaced plz?

How long should i be kept waiting for two damaged leaking heart valves replaced plz?

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

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Dr. Says i have trace regurgitation in 3 heart valves. Only recommending yearly echos to check on it. Is this normal im otherwise healthy?

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

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I have leaky heart valves and afib . Is this combination more dangerous?

This depends greatly: On severity of regurgitation...The more severe the greater the potential problems like risk for heart failure. ...Read more

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My doctor said I have thickening around my heart valves. Is that bad? What does that mean?

My doctor said I have thickening around my heart valves. Is that bad? What does that mean?

May be: You have serious heart condition at young age. Do you have some congenital ( from Birth) Heart Disease? Or Are you over weight? Obviously you are under care of Cardiologist so ask him/her what it means to have thickened Heart valve. Without seeing a report I cannot interpret and give you conflicting explanation ...Read more

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Cardiologist said I most of my heart valves are leaky. Could this be causing my atypical POTS and IST presentation?

Cardiologist said I most of my heart valves are leaky. Could this be causing my atypical POTS and IST presentation?

Results are yours: In general, the results of tests that you had done should be available to you, and you can take them to another doctor. Since you have questions after seeing the doctor, think about going back to get them clarified, or getting a 2d opinion consult. ...Read more

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I have to have two heart valves replaced.MITRAL AND AORTIC are these the worst ones? Also together at the same time plz

RHD?: I assume you have rheumatic heart disease? At your age, if your general health is good, kidney function normal, no lung disease, your surgery should be very low risk and very successful. Be sure your teeth are in good condition before surgery or get them repaired beforehand as dental infection poses a grave risk to your new artificial valves. Best wishes to you! ...Read more

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Where are the heart valves?

Where are the heart valves?

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

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What do the heart valves do?

What do the heart valves do?

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

Dr. Martin Raff
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Endocarditis (Definition)

An infection of the inner lining of your heart. It generally occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart. Left untreated, endocarditis can damage or destroy your heart valves and can ...Read more


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more