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Can enlarged cardiac valves cause dizziness?

Can enlarged cardiac valves cause dizziness?

Enlarged valves?: Stenotic valves can cause dizziness but valves don't enlarge they may get stretched & leak but not enlarged. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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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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For what reasons inflammatory disease of cardiac valves diminish their effective function?

For what reasons inflammatory disease of cardiac valves diminish their effective function?

See details: I prevents complete opening and/or closing of the heart valve which in turn adversely effects the ability of the heart to pump blood normally. ...Read more

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Which diseases prevent the cardiac valves from working properly?

Many: Many including rheumatic fever & marfan's syndrome as well as infection, congenital conditions but most frequently age. Get an echo & talk to a cardiologist. ...Read more

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I have had 2 OpenHeart Surgurys In The Past, The Valve is leaking, moderate AI, should open heart be considered a 3rd Time? .I have congenital A.S.? tyvm

AI managed medically: It has been my impression that valve replacement is not usually necessary in aortic insufficiency. If your prior surgery was for the aortic valve, it would be helpful to know what was done. I do not understand the initials present...? arteriovenous malformation? Details would be helpful to fulfill the answer. ...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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What does vegetation of the cardiac valve mean?

What does vegetation of the cardiac valve mean?

Infection: This means there might be an infection on the heart valve, or endocarditis -- this is a serious condition that merits prompt treatment and usually hospitalization. ...Read more

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Can a trivial leak in the aortic valve get worse?

Can a trivial leak in the aortic valve get worse?

Usually not: "Trivial" leaks are often seen on echocardiography and are of little clinical significance. ...Read more

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How bad is it if all the valves in your heart leak?

How bad is it if all the valves in your heart leak?

Leak: If all the heart valves leak significant volumes of blood, the heart will have an overload and heart failure may result. ...Read more

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I have a leaking valve, and CHF should I have the valve repaired. I am 76?

I have a leaking valve, and CHF should I have the valve repaired. I am 76?

It depends: There are four valves in the heart; most commonly we would be looking at the aortic valve and the mitral valve in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). Decison making about the timing of valve repair or replacement, and the risk vs benefit assessment of any particular treatment is best made by an experienced multidisciplinary Heart Team including a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon. ...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'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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I have a leaking mytral valve due to endocaditis what are my chance of having a third stroke?

I have a leaking mytral valve due to endocaditis what are my chance of having a third stroke?

Mitral: Valve regurgitation is likely not related to stroke risk. Endocarditis if not accurately treated or history of previous strokes puts you at increased risk. ...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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What point in the cardiac cycle does the av valve open?

What point in the cardiac cycle does the av valve open?

Systole,: When the left ventricle contracts to propel blood into the aorta. ...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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What is the possibility of future cardiac intervention once mitral valve replaced (mechanical)?

What is the possibility of future cardiac intervention once mitral valve replaced (mechanical)?

No different: It's no differenct than someone whose mitral valve hasn't been replaced. If you need something to be done and your general health is otherwise okay, it should be done. Naturally, one would prefer to avoid a second open chest surgery, so percutaneous approaches are first considerations, but redos are possible. ...Read more

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How likely if echo 5 yrs ago showed trivial leak in valve which has been the same for 33 years to now be larger going for 5 yr check up and scared?

Hmmm: It is unlikely to change, yet check-up is important... Why not use: an ounce of prevention is worth over a pound of cure
Good Luck ...Read more

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What is a leaking heart valve? What causes it?

What is a leaking heart valve? What causes it?

Valve: 'Leaking' heart valves are valves with don't close properly. There are various causes of this problem. It can be inherited or acquired. Acquired types include infections and heart damage from inflammatory and ischemic and toxic processes. Structural abnormalities of the muscle or degeneration of valve tissue can also cause the problem. There are too many potential causes to list all here. ...Read more

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Can a trivial leaking heart valve become worse?

Trivial: Generally trivial valvar insufficiency stays that way. Rarely it can progress however. ...Read more

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Which medicine is used for a leaking heart valve?

Which medicine is used for a leaking heart valve?

There isn't just one: Sometimes none. Other times diuretics, ace inhibitors or beta blockers. ...Really depends on situation. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about a leaking heart valve?

What can you tell me about a leaking heart valve?

Be more specific: The heart is pump. The valves make sure the blood only goes forward. Leaky heart valves make the heart work harder than it needs to. This can sometimes be a real problem. Consult a physician. ...Read more

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Aortic valve leaks. Do I need therapy or exercise?

Aortic valve leaks. Do I need therapy or exercise?

Neither: You need to see a cardiologist and have this evaluated. Let your cardiologist guide you in your care. If they think you are safe to exercise, go for it! ...Read more

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Could my heart valve leaking become a serious problem?

Possibly: 100% of human beings have some leaking of the heart valves. I can't remember the last time I saw an echo with none. Echoes have become exquisitely senstive and can detect the most minute amount of leaking. That said, severe leaking eventually takes its toll and needs to be fixed at some point (and there are very specific criteria for timing that). ...Read more

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Is a leaking heart valve a serious condition? How is it treated?

Leaking Heart Valve: Not to worry too much about mild leakage. Need follow-up and monitoring for moderate leakage. If it is serious leak then you should be evaluated further into to know whether you are symptomatic or not? Whether your heart is still compensating or not? Managament depends upon type of heart valve and degree of leakage and associated comorbid conditions. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more