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Mild Enlarged Heart I Use To Have Prolapse Heart Valve
Should I be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?
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
Can an enlarged heart due to htn and/or mitral valve prolapse heal itself & return to normal size? If so, how? I have both mvp & htn.
Not likely.: Once the heart is enlarged from a long standing problem, it will not go back to normal architecture though it may well continue to function normally if the enlargement is not significant. Sometimes, when the enlargement happens rapidly due to an acute issue, the size can go back to normal. ...Read more
Stress/calm/balance: Although you can use acupressure to help calm yourself -it is not a treatment for this condition. ...Read more
I have high blood pressure and leaking heart valve, heart valve regurgitation, enlarged heart should I be taking a low dose aspirin or something?
My mom was recently told she has a very mild leaky heart valve no meds were prescribed, what should she do?
Nothing!: Virtually 100% of us have some leaking of their valves. It's never serious unless there's severe leaking. Even then, there are no drugs to use and it takes decades in many cases to become significant. Fear not! ...Read more
If they do heart valve repair on babies is it the same way, do they use a annupolsty ring to support it.
Usually repair: Yes its similar but much smaller you want to plan for growth as we grow older the heart also grows and the organs as well. ...Read more
How long can a 74 year old live with an enlarged heart? He has had surgery to repair valve needs a new one and pace maker and refuses all.
Depends: This really depends on the circumstances. Important factors to consider are what valve is involved, how abnormal is it currently, how enlarged the heart is, and how the heart is functioning now. Even knowing all this though it is really challenging to give an accurate prognosis because every patient is so different. I hope this helps. ...Read more
My partner has an enlarged heart, irregular heartbeat and one chamber is 30%. Does he need a pacemaker? Valves ok.
Can I take virectin if I have atrial fibrilation which seems to be caused by the fact that I have a mild leak in the heart valve.?
Is it possible to have heart valve problem w/o murmur? I have sx--lightheadedness, cold feet/hands, mild HTN, freq PACs. Should I ask PCP for ECHO?
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Usually no: Probably the most common "torn heart valve" is the mitral valve with a ruptured support structure. Frequently when a patient has a ruptured mitral valve apparatus, they are in dire need of mitral valve repair and do not do well in its absence. Rarely however, the patient will be ok for some time, but since mitral insufficiency can be asymptomatic until it's too late, I would not wait too long. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Histology: Histology is the scientific study of cell and tissues and the raw data comes from gross, microscopic (light and electron), and immunochemical examination. Heart valves are tissues just like virtually all structures are in living organisms. (trust me!). ...Read more
Various: There are 4 valves in the heart which keep the blood moving in one direction. These valves can either leak or become narrowed. This may be the result of a valve which is structurally abnormal at birth or a valve which is damaged from infection, heart attack, rheumatic fever, or other illness. ...Read more
Multiple causes.: Stress, stretch, calcium deposition and degeneration all are factors that lead to disease in heart valves. Recurrent inflammation, rheumatic heart disease, infection on the valves themselves is other reasons. Heart conditions and other disorders, age-related changes, rheumatic fever, and infections can cause acquired heart valve disease. These factors change the shape or flexibility of once-normal. ...Read more
All: Really all heart valves can affect the lungs one way or another. The valves on the left side (aortic and mitral) can do this because when they do not function properly, usually lungs get congested, the valves on the right side (pulmonic and tricuspid) can affect the lungs usually if they are atretic (small) at birth, leading to underdevelopment of the lungs. ...Read more
There are many kinds: Heart valves are structures in the heart that open to let blood pass and then close, for example between beats, to keep blood moving in the right direction. There are many kinds of valve disease, including calcified, narrow or leaky valves. These problems are mostly mild and don't cause problems, but can cause chest pain, breathing trouble, or heart failure, and may need to be treated or fixed. ...Read more
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