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What's the difference between mitral vavle prolapse and a mild mitral valve leak?

What's the difference between mitral vavle prolapse and a mild mitral valve leak?

Prolapse vs leak: Mvp is a congenital disorder of the mitral valve where the collagen fibers that make up the valve are disorganized. It may or may not be associated with leakiness of the valve, which is simply what it sounds like - leaking blood backwards through the valve. People with mvp are more likely to develop leaky valves, but it's not a guarantee. An echocardiogram can tell you how leaky it is. ...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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Mild leak after mitral valve repair normal? Why is this. Wasn't surgery suppose to eliminate all leakage. Dr says everyone has it

Not unusual: The valve and annulus are adjusted- repaired and may have a small low, volume leak seen on echo, but of no hemodynamic consequence.
Regular followup and perhaps some medication will be used. ...Read more

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Cardiologist told me I have a mild mitral valve leak and said its nothing to worry about. Should I be worried? Anxiety @ all time high!

Cardiologist told me I have a mild mitral valve leak and said its nothing to worry about. Should I be worried? Anxiety @ all time high!

Mitral leak: Mild mitral insufficiency on echo is very common and most often of little signficance. If your cardiologist told you to not worry about it, then don't. It is no big deal at all and most usually doesn't ever cause a problem. Cardio would have told you if it was signficant. ...Read more

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Had mitral valve repair done. Still have mild leak shown on echo will this cause shortness of breath been 2 months since surgery.

Had mitral valve repair done. Still have mild leak shown on echo will this cause shortness of breath been 2 months since surgery.

Possible: But keep with cardiac rehab to regain cv conditioning.
Possibly still some anemia- iron and vitamins.
Fluid retention should be resolving.

No smoking, weight control, regular followup
peripheral vasodilation may further reduce any regurgitation.
Your cardiologist will review and recommend. ...Read more

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Plz xplainEcho says EF 60% Mild mitral valve prolapse. Left Atrium mildly dilated. Mild mitral regurg. Cannot rule out bicuspid aortic valve considerTEE?

Plz xplainEcho says EF 60% Mild mitral valve prolapse. Left Atrium mildly dilated. Mild mitral regurg. Cannot rule out bicuspid aortic valve considerTEE?

Had a cath?: The echo says there might be a structural abnormality of the aortic valve and a leak of the mitral valve with resultant dilation of left atrium. If you had the cardiac cath you list any time recently, more information should be available from that. A TEE is a transesophageal echo which gives us better pictures than a transthoracic echo. You should discuss this echo with your Doc ...Read more

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Is it possible for a aortic valve fragment to enter the bloodstream and settle in a hand? My father suffered from a staph infection (mssa) which became so out of control that he needed an emergency aortic and mitral valve replacement as well as a maze pro

Is it possible for a aortic valve fragment to enter the bloodstream and settle in a hand? My father suffered from a staph infection (mssa) which became so out of control that he needed an emergency aortic and mitral valve replacement as well as a maze pro

That: That is a lot for someone to go through and it is remarkable that he survived such a severe infection! There are a number of things that can happen, the least likely of which is a piece of valve ending up in the hand.

With severe endocarditis (infection in the heart), clots and clumps of bacteria can be thrown from the heart into the major vessels. From there the vessels get smaller and smaller and pieces can lodge in any of these. Some of them will dissolve and others can create scars or secondary infections.

Depending on the valve used, it may be more or less fragile. Metal valves are unlikely to have particles break off, but I suppose it would be possible for a pig or cow valve to have a fragment. However, this is still very unlikely and it is more likely that a clump of bacteria, called a vegetation, escaped from the heart.

Also, is the nodule even related to the endocarditis? There are any number of small nodules that occur in the hand. If this is causing symptoms, such as pain or numbness, or is increasing in size, it may need to be removed. It is best to have it looked at by a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How do people get mitral valve leaks?

How do people get mitral valve leaks?

Many reasons: There are many causes of leaking mital valves. This can include wear and tear of the valve, infection of the valve, history of rheumatic fever, dilated heart failure, heart attacks, damage to anchoring chords to the valve, and birth defects. Mitral valve prolapse is a condition where the leaflets bulge out when it closes. This can sometimes lead to a leaking valve as well. ...Read more

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Impossible to repair a leaking mitral valve to point where there is no leakage after surgery and repair?

No: It is not impossible for repair to result in no leak but does not always happen. None or minor leakage is an acceptable result for this procedure and would be considered successful. ...Read more

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Normal Echo, but what does this mean, the aortic valve showed sclerodegenerative changes, the mitral valve sclerodegenerative changes?

Normal Echo, but what does this mean, the aortic valve showed sclerodegenerative changes, the mitral valve sclerodegenerative changes?

Aging: Like everything in your body - your heart also ages and the valves tend to thicken and sclerose. Early sclerosis correlates with early heart attacks. To prevent worsening and early degeneration - don't smoke, control BP, eat healthy, keep your cholesterol down. ...Read more

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What is a leak in the mitral valve?

What is a leak in the mitral valve?

Backward flow: The leaflets of the valve are not closing perfectly and some blood goes backwards from the left ventricle into the left atrium. Minor leaks are common and benign. ...Read more

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I have a leaking mitral valve since it started my anxiety has been terrible why?

I have a leaking mitral valve since it started my anxiety has been terrible why?

Perfection?: Friend -- none of us is perfect! I think your anxiety has nothing to do with the leaky valve -- of course you need to see a cardiologist to evaluate the extent of the leaky valve and whether you need treatment. ...Read more

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What are success rates of ross procedures for aortic valve? Is it suitable for mitral valve also?

What are success rates of ross procedures for aortic valve? Is it suitable for mitral valve also?

Good for aorta: Overall the success rate with the Ross proceedure is approaching 99% and long term results have been excellant, with more than 80% of the patients alive after 20 yrs and fewer than 15 % needing furter proccedures-------this also depends on the skill level of the surgeon that is doing the procceedure---choose wisely--;)---- -- no data on the mitral valve with above proceedure---- good luck ;) ...Read more

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I was told a couple of years ago I have a minor Mitral Valve leak. Is strength training generally OK?

I was told a couple of years ago I have a minor Mitral Valve leak. Is strength training generally OK?

Mitral leak: If the insufficiency is minimal, there shouldn't be a problem. Best course is to ask your doctor who has the information about your whole status. ...Read more

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Is it common to have slight leak in mitral valve to turn into large have had slight leak 33 years scared next check up will suddenly be large?

Is it common to have slight leak in mitral valve to turn into large have had slight leak 33 years scared next check up will suddenly be large?

No.: Slight leak in mitral valve can last for decades. So no need to worry before hand. All we recommend that younger to get that checked every year and see your heart doctor periodically. ...Read more

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Are there any options down the pike for significant mitral valve leak instead of replacement. She had rheumatic fev & te test:valve can't be fixed?

Repair (Sometimes): In some cases the valve can be repaired by a surgeon, and these repairs tend to last a while. However, the surgeon might not know for sure until the patient is in the operating room and they actually see the condition of the valve. The echocardiogram gives the docs a good idea of what the valve looks like, but understand that it is not a perfect test. Be sure to see a cardiologist regularly. ...Read more

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Why is aortic valve sound heard much easier than mitral valve using stethoscope?

Why is aortic valve sound heard much easier than mitral valve using stethoscope?

Heart sounds: The aortic sounds are louder because they are caused by higher pressures and the valve is closer to the chest wall ...Read more

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Is annuplosty ring put in around valve done for mitral valve repair the best way for a surgeon to repair your mitral valve if leaking.

Is annuplosty ring put in around valve done for mitral valve repair the best way for a surgeon to repair your mitral valve if leaking.

Yes: Mv repair involves anuloplasty ring, they will do additional repair depending on the valve eg; if there is flair chord they will fix it, if there is prolapse or flail leaflet, they cut part of it and repair it etc. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed 12months ago with a minor leak in my mitral valve, is safe for me too run? My gp didn't make much of it so though I'd seek 2nd opinion

I was diagnosed 12months ago with a minor leak in my mitral valve, is safe for me too run? My gp didn't make much of it so though I'd seek 2nd opinion

Yes: A minor leak across the mitral valve is very common, and should not cause you any physical limitations or symptoms. Your dod will likely want to recheck this with another echo in 2-3 years. Live your life normally. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a leaking mitral valve?

Depends: Minor leak: no problem
more severe leak: puts heart muscle under stress and can cause heart failure with shortness of breath, swelling of the feet. ...Read more

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Mitral valve stenosis causes blood to leak back to where when ventricles contract?

Mitral valve stenosis causes blood to leak back to where when ventricles contract?

No: Mitral stenosis reduces the amount of blood filling the left ventricle. The mitral valve is the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. The left atrium is responsible for filling the left ventricle. ...Read more

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Could afib and mitral valve leak both be causes of my severe dizziness?

Could afib and mitral valve leak both be causes of my severe dizziness?

AF, MR: With not enough information about the situation details of your specifics, it is possible. Talk to your doctor for answer specific to you. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve's sound be heard in mid upper side of the chest? I hear a thick sound at S1 and I think it's aortic abnormal sound.

Can mitral valve's sound be heard in mid upper side of the chest? I hear a thick sound at S1 and I think it's aortic abnormal sound.

Mitral valve murmur: Is usually a blowing sound heard best at about the nipple line just left of the sternum and radiates to the left side. It is difficult to say what you are hearing, and the best thing would be to have an exam by your family doctor or a cardiologist if this is concerning to you or you are having symptoms. What you are hearing may be a normal sound. ...Read more

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Can you drink coffee/caffeine non- decaff after having mitral valve repair surgery for a leaking mitral valve? Will it affect anything.

Can you drink coffee/caffeine non- decaff after having mitral valve repair surgery for a leaking mitral valve? Will it affect anything.

I do not: Thinks so. It can increase your heart rate but that's all. Think however moderation like in everything in life. ...Read more

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Will cardio excercise cause a weakened heart valve to start leaking? Will excercise cause heart valve leakage if you have a weakened mitral valve.

Will cardio excercise cause a weakened heart valve to start leaking? Will excercise cause heart valve leakage if you have a weakened mitral valve.

If for example: You have mitral valve prolapse, an exercise aerobic regimen will increase your cardiopulmonary capacity without worsening your heart valve problem. I always recommend a physician approval of your exercise plan if a person have any heart condition. ...Read more

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Had mitral valve repair for leaking valve two months after surgery still some shortness of breath cardio examined said everything looks fine. Normal?

Had mitral valve repair for leaking valve two months after surgery still some shortness of breath cardio examined said everything looks fine. Normal?

Probably: Echo is the best to spot any leakage or dysfunction.
Takes a while to recover even when perfect.
Anemia, deconditioning, lung damage.
Cardiac rehab can help with monitoring and feeling secure. ...Read more

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What causes heart valve leakage on a repaired mitral valve? I had a mitral valve repair, what will cause the repaires valve to start to have some leak

What causes heart valve leakage on a repaired mitral valve? I had a mitral valve repair, what will cause the repaires valve to start to have some leak

Some leakage: Some leakage is the norm. This is nothing to worry about. Your cardiologist will keep an eye on this. You will have periodic echocardiograms (maybe every year or more) to follow this.

What you do not need to do is fixate on this and worry yourself to death! You are better - enjoy this!

hope this helps! ...Read more

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Echo listed tricuspid, aortic, mitral valve as normal. But no pulm valve. Also doppler didn't mention pulm. Told innocent murmur. Pulm not visual. How do they know that the pulm was not causing the mur?

Echo listed tricuspid, aortic, mitral valve as normal. But no pulm valve. Also doppler didn't mention pulm. Told innocent murmur. Pulm not visual. How do they know that the pulm was not causing the mur?

Well...: An innocent murmur usually means a low intensity one (by the braunwald criteria at least) and these can come and go. It's normal to have trivial leakages of the various valves. You don't have to aggressively hunt for the cause of that murmur. Now, that said, doppler can often identify "trivial" regurgitation of valves even when the valve isn't directly seen. That may be at play here. ...Read more

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Prognosis: aortic stenosis and mitral valve prolapse. Any idea?

Prognosis: aortic stenosis and mitral valve prolapse. Any idea?

2 questions: Aortic stenosis w/o symptoms has good prognosis. Symptomatic as has 5, 3, and 2 yr life expectancy depending on symptoms. Chest pain (5), passing out (3) and heart failure (2) yrs. This improves if the valve is replaced. Mitral valve prolapse does not significantly affect your prognosis by itself. Some though can worsen and begin to leak. This can also lead to heart failure. ...Read more

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Mitral valve prolapse - what are aortic root measurements for Marfan's syndrome.?

Mitral valve prolapse - what are aortic root measurements for Marfan's syndrome.?

MVP: Marfan's syndrome is a genetic connective tissue disorder. People with marfan's are unusually tall, with long limbs, long thin fingers. The most serious complications are defects of the heart valves (like mitral valve prolapse) and aorta (aneurysms-dilation). Aortic root measurements greater than 1 1/2 times normal are worrisome (average 4cm or greater). ...Read more

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I had a quad bypass & mitral valve repair last august. My valve leaked again and had a replacement 5 weeks ago. I am still very breathless??? How long

SOB: Discuss this with your Cardiologist. There are a multitude of possibilities. Your Cardiologist can give you the explanation or the work up which may be indicated. There isn't enough information here to advise more. ...Read more

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I had to have mitral valve repair surgery done 2 weeks ago, bc I had a leaking mitral valve. Can I drink alcohol ever again. 21 years old.

Yes.....: Clear this with you surgeon and cardiologist/ internist / doctor first. Alcohol may adversely interact with some of the medications you might be taking. Drink minimal and seldom, regardless of your recent surgery. ...Read more

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I had mitral valve repair done 3 weeks ago. Cardiologist told me still sees a little leakage, if you elevate heart rate, will that make leak worse?

I had mitral valve repair done 3 weeks ago. Cardiologist told me still sees a little leakage, if you elevate heart rate, will that make leak worse?

Well: Maybe transiently, but this should not pose a problem. Some leakage is common, don't worry too much about it too much! ...Read more

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Had mitral valve repair surgery 6months ago. If I drink alcohol will it have harmful effects on heart since I had surgery to fix leaking heart valve?

Had mitral valve repair surgery 6months ago. If I drink alcohol will it have harmful effects on heart since I had surgery to fix leaking heart valve?

Heart valve surgery: It is important to follow your surgeon and other doctors advice concerning diet and alcohol consumption. If you have forgotten the advice then call your doctors office and ask for clarification of the advice. ...Read more

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Echo shows Calcification of aortic valve & thickened mitral valve, BP stays 140/100 or higher. Short of breath and fatigue. What could be the cause?

Echo shows Calcification of aortic valve & thickened mitral valve, BP stays 140/100 or higher. Short of breath and fatigue. What could be the cause?

Work up: Smoker?
Pulmonary function?
Weight?
Anemia?
Exercise tolerance?
May need cardiac cath as well to determine any associated coronary disease. ...Read more

Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more