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Doctor insights on: Pneumonia Leaking Heart Valve

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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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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.

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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.

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Can a leaking heart valve be repaired and/or replaced without opening the chest?

Sometimes: Nothing available for the mitral or tricuspid valves yet, but the aortic valve can be replaced with a transcatheter inserted valve. This is not for everyone though. It is still considered rather experimental, and reserved only for those who are unable to have open heart surgery. I look forward to advances in these procedures, and hope one day there is a routine, non-ohs alternative.

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Can a trivial leaking heart valve become worse?

Can a trivial leaking heart valve become worse?

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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My sister has a leaking heart valve and she is 27 could she have go get a pacemaker when she gets older?

My sister has a leaking heart valve and she is 27 could she have go get a pacemaker when she gets older?

Unlikely: Valvular heart disease is a "plumbing" problem while arrhythmias and pacemakers are more electrical issues. Of course, there is some overlap, but generally speaking, those are somewhat unrelated issues. Leaking heart valves, if significant, may eventually require medication or even intervention or surgery. Pacemakers are not really part of the therapy unless a rhythm problem eventually develops.

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What are the treatments for a moderate leak in the pulmonary heart valve?

What are the treatments for a moderate leak in the pulmonary heart valve?

Pulmonary insufficiency: Isolated pulmonary insufficiency often requires only treatment of any associated problems like lung disease. Severe pulmonary insufficiency could require surgery.

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Can the plastic used in sapien S3 Heart valve leak estrogen like water bottles?

Can the plastic used in sapien S3 Heart valve leak estrogen like water bottles?

PET: The best I could find is the FDA approval of the material as nontoxic. While this isn't a guarantee, it's the best reassurance you're likely to get.

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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.?

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.?

Not relevant: 1-atrial fibrillation can have many underlying triggers but "mild" leak in heart valve should not be one of them 2-virectin has very little science underlying its advertising's purported benefits-more snake oil but unlikely to be particularly harmful.

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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.

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.

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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!

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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