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Doctor insights on: Life Expectancy With Leaky Heart Valve

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What is the life expectancy for a 77 year old woman undergoing heart valve operation?

What is the life expectancy for a 77 year old woman undergoing heart valve operation?

Depends on other con: If this person has no other medical problems, she can have normal life expectancy, for women 82 - 85.

Dr. Peter Ihle
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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 mother has congestive heart failure, leaky heart valve and pneumonia she is hospitalized is there anything that can be done what is live expectancy?

My mother has congestive heart failure, leaky heart valve and pneumonia she is hospitalized is there anything that can be done what is live expectancy?

Of course thingsc: Can be done...This scenario is unfortunately not rare...Prognosis depends on severity of conditions ; patients age ; other comorbidities...Talk to her doctors.

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Can a leaky heart valve heal?

Can a leaky heart valve heal?

Not in adults: Many many children have a "heart mummurs" or so called leaky valves and often they do disappear by adolescent age or earlier. Unfortunately for adults, leaky valves typically results from diseases and they don't go away without treatments. If you have it, check with your doc for regular monitoring. Some type may require antibiotics before dental work etc. Thus should consult your doc. Good luck.

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What can worsen a leaky heart valve?

What can worsen a leaky heart valve?

Depends: The 4 main valves in the heart are the mitral valve, aortic valve, pulmonic valve and tricuspid valve. The left sided valves are the mitral and aortic valves. If they leak high systemic blood pressure makes it worse and strict controll of your blood pressure is essential. The right sided valves, especially the the tricuspid valve can be made worse with conditions such as sleep apnea.

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How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

Multiple ways: The are multiple causes for leaky heart valves. Some of the most common causes are: congenital (born that way), rheumatic disease, deterioration over time, and infection of the valve.

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How do you know if you have a leaky heart valve?

How do you know if you have a leaky heart valve?

Murmur or echo: Leaky heart valve, or regurgitation, can be diagnosed by a doctor on physical examination or by an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart).

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What does a leaky heart valve feel like? Anything?

What does a leaky heart valve feel like? Anything?

Depends: If mild, u may not have any symptoms. When heart valves become moderate to severe in their "leakiness" then shortness of breath can occur, dizziness, palpitations=feelings like heart is pumping really hard, too fast or slow, and chest pressure too. But all these symptoms also occur in panic attacks too. Many young females have Mitral Valve Prolapse which people live all their life without issues

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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.

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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.

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Have leaky heart valve. Not sure which but I think Tricuspid. Test was 2 yr ago but just told by dr yesterday. Need to worry? Dr said 80% ppl have

Have leaky heart valve. Not sure which but I think Tricuspid. Test was 2 yr ago but just told by dr yesterday. Need to worry? Dr said 80% ppl have

Valvar insufficiency: From the character of your statement you likely have nothing to worry about on this subject. You should however ask this question and for details of your Doc who has the most information about you specifically

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What causes a leaky heart valve?

What causes a leaky heart valve?

Born with vs acquire: Leaky heart valves occur congenitally when some aspect of the valve leaflets/annulus/supporting structures is abnormal at birth. They can also be acquired as a result of changes in the heart structure/valve structure/aorta/lungs over time. Heart attacks can damage valves, as can infectious endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, enlarging aortic root, pulmonary disease causing pulmonary hypertension.

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A leaky heart valve at 4 means what?

A leaky heart valve at 4 means what?

Depends: It reallyd depends on the amount of leak thru the valve. An ultrasound called an echocardiogram is one way of evaluation a leaky valve. Other terms used are regurge or regurgitation or insufficiency. A pediatric cardiologist would be very helpful in evaluation the leaky valve.

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What does a minor leaky heart valve mean?

What does a minor leaky heart valve mean?

It depends.: It depends upon the basis for the comment. If the comment was based upon a review of an echocardiographic assessment of ones heart, then it implies a near-normal valve. On the other hand, if it's based upon the reporting of the intensity of a heart murmur heard with a stethoscope, then the accuracy is dependent upon the skill of the person using the instrument.

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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.

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What are common symptoms of a leaky heart valve?

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.

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Which types of of problems do you think a leaky heart valve would cause?

Arythmia/CHF: Cardiac enlargement/ arythmias /heart failue are some of the problems that can happen depending on which valve and severity of the valve leak.

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I am a 33 yr old female with no health problems. I was told I have a leaky heart valve. How did this leaky valve happen?

I am a 33 yr old female with no health problems. I was told I have a leaky heart valve. How did this leaky valve happen?

Not enough info: Your heart has 4 valves and anyone of them can leak. The most common valve that leaks is the mitral valve, but the aortic and tricuspid valves will have leaks at times, too. Many people have mitral valve prolapse which can increase the chances that the mitral valve will leak. Many people can have a small amount of leakage and just be observed and/or treated with meds. Close followup is key.

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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).

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