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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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. ...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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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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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. ...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

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more