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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

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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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.

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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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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How often does a ficial heart murmur heal itself and can a leaking heart valve close itself? Also he hasn't seen cardiologist since diagnosed @ 15mo

How often does a ficial heart murmur heal itself and can a leaking heart valve close itself? Also he hasn't seen cardiologist since diagnosed @ 15mo

Uncertain terms: I don't know what the word "ficial" means. Most children who have a heart murmur have a "normal" murmur. That means that there is noise with blood flow, but no actual underlying abnormality causing the noise. This is a normal finding, and typically, with growth, the murmur disappears. Other terms that people use are "innocent" and "functional" to describe such murmurs. ...Read more

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Can minor heart valve leak get worse from lifting heavy stuff? EKG showed depression, 2 years ago, stress test okay then. EKG showed same thing again.

Can minor heart valve leak get worse from lifting heavy stuff? EKG showed depression, 2 years ago, stress test okay then. EKG showed same thing again.

Heavy lifting: Does not directly effect a heart valve leak....it may raise the blood pressure and pulse thus making a murmur sound "louder" but the actual structure of the heart is unchanged by the lifting itself
BTW I am "confused" a bit about the "depressions" noted on your EKG. Some valve problems lead to heart muscle enlargement. (and ST segment depression) again...lifting has only transient effects!
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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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Is novocain dangerous for someone w/ a leaking heart valve? They need to have a tooth extracted but are worried about the shot. If someone has a history of having a leaking valve in the heart but needs there tooth pulled out due to an infection and cavity

Is novocain dangerous for someone w/ a leaking heart valve? They need to have a tooth extracted but are worried about the shot. If someone has a history of having a leaking valve in the heart but needs there tooth pulled out due to an infection and cavity

"Novacaine": "novacaine" is no longer used in dentistry. There are other anesthetics that are available. After your complete medical history is reviewed, it will be evaluated and a proper way to procede will be formulated. Make sure you bring your medical history from your cardiologist so your dentist can review it. ...Read more

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Can a leaky heart valve heal?

Can a leaky heart valve heal?

Not in adults: Many many children have a "heart mummurs" or so called leaky valves and often they do disappear by adolescent age or earlier. Unfortunately for adults, leaky valves typically results from diseases and they don't go away without treatments. If you have it, check with your doc for regular monitoring. Some type may require antibiotics before dental work etc. Thus should consult your doc.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How to care heart valve diseases?

How to care heart valve diseases?

Too broad: Your question is too broad to answer. Please restate with your actual concern. ...Read more

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Is a sticky heart valve inherited?

Is a sticky heart valve inherited?

Definition: Heart valves function to seal a chamber (closed) so blood can fill. When the chamber contracts the valve opens to allow blood to exit. When the valves do not function properly, we usually refer to a valve leaking or not closing correctly (insufficieny or regurgitation) or not opening correctly (stenotic). So when you describe the vavle being "sticky" can you describe it in these terms? ...Read more

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What can worsen a leaky heart valve?

What can worsen a leaky heart valve?

Depends: The 4 main valves in the heart are the mitral valve, aortic valve, pulmonic valve and tricuspid valve. The left sided valves are the mitral and aortic valves. If they leak high systemic blood pressure makes it worse and strict controll of your blood pressure is essential. The right sided valves, especially the the tricuspid valve can be made worse with conditions such as sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How do heart valve replacements work?

How do heart valve replacements work?

Remove/Replace: The heart is stopped. The patient is placed on bypass which pumps blood and breathes for the patient while the heart and lungs are not being used. The old valve is removed and a new valve is stitched in place. This can be either a "tissue valve" from a pig or cow, or a mechanical valve which is completely artificial. ...Read more

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How is a heart valve surgically repaired?

How is a heart valve surgically repaired?

Depends which valve: Repair most commonly is done on mitral valve, especially when mitral prolapse is present. The excess, "floppy" tissue causing the valve to prolapse is excised to make leaflets more taught. Sometimes an artificial ring is inserted around the base of the leaflets to cinch the whole apparatus together, if it has become dilated, preventing leaflets from closing up against each other. ...Read more

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How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

Multiple ways: The are multiple causes for leaky heart valves. Some of the most common causes are: congenital (born that way), rheumatic disease, deterioration over time, and infection of the valve. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a faulty heart valve?

What are symptoms of a faulty heart valve?

Several: Depending on what valve and the severity, the symptoms could be shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, and passing out. Also palpitations might occur. ...Read more

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How is a heart valve successfully replaced?

How is a heart valve successfully replaced?

Two ways: In the past, this is done with open heart surgery and the old valve is cut out and a new one sewn in to replace it. A new technique for the aortic valve involves crushing the old valve by blowing up a balloon and then placing the new valve through an artery in the leg, just as is done with a coronary artery stent. The procedure has been used successfully in high risk patients for surgery. ...Read more

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What forms a heart valve during development?

What forms a heart valve during development?

Complicated: The cardiac cushions in the atrioventricular (av) canal contain cells that are the primordia of the cardiac valves. The atrioventricular valves are attached to papillary muscles by chordae tendineae. ...Read more

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How is a malfunctioning heart valve repaired?

Depends: This is a very open-ended question. Dependent on the valve involved and the malady, the valve may be repaired or replaced. You have to be a bit more specific. ...Read more

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What is a malfunctioning heart valve known as?

What is a malfunctioning heart valve known as?

Stenosis and: Regurgitation, there 4 valves in the heart. For the heart to pump effectively, the valves open to allow the blood to move from one compartment into another in one direction, then they close to prevent the blood from regurgitating back. They open and close synchronously. A valve malfunctions when it does not open well stenotic (tight) or when it does not close well (leaks back) regurgitates. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a leaky heart valve?

How do you know if you have a leaky heart valve?

Murmur or echo: Leaky heart valve, or regurgitation, can be diagnosed by a doctor on physical examination or by an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a heart valve heal itself?

Please tell me, could a heart valve heal itself?

Unclear: Your question is not clear. If you have valve stenosis, it doesn't resolve by itself. If it is regurgitation secondary to heart failure and or hypertension or from nay other treatable cause it could improve after treating underlying cause. ...Read more

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