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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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Why would acute rheumatic fever target the mitral valve causing mitral valve stenosis?

Why would acute rheumatic fever target the mitral valve causing mitral valve stenosis?

No one really knows: Good question. But the answer is obscure. Rheumatic fever also affects the aortic valve. But why it targets valves on the right side of the heart is unclear. These are valves that are subject to greater pressures whih may be a reason. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve regurgitation hinder me?

Possibly: Mitral regurgitation is not usually a problem depending on the cause until it is severe. Regular follow up with periodic echocardiograms are necessary. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolapse kill me?

Can mitral valve prolapse kill me?

Unlikely, possible: A rare possibly of a lethal arrhythmia exists. An infection on the valve can be very dangerous requiring surgical repair or replacement. Long term neglect to worsening regurgitation resulting in heart failure can be debilitating and eventually lethal. ...Read more

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Why is aortic valve sound heard much easier than mitral valve using stethoscope?

Why is aortic valve sound heard much easier than mitral valve using stethoscope?

Heart sounds: the aortic sounds are louder because they are caused by higher pressures and the valve is closer to the chest wall ...Read more

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Is tricuspid valve surgery open heart?

Is tricuspid valve surgery open heart?

Yes: It's an open heart surgery in order to replace the valve or repair it with a ring. There are no good percutaneous options at the moment. ...Read more

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Ok for 8monthold use nasonex (mometasone) steroid nasel spray for slightly enlarged adenoids.History trach, bronch, lary malacia.Operated coarc aorta bicuspid valve?

Ok for 8monthold use nasonex (mometasone) steroid nasel spray for slightly enlarged adenoids.History trach, bronch, lary malacia.Operated coarc aorta bicuspid valve?

No simple answer: A simple answer would be to say that Nasonex (mometasone) is a pretty benign drug in most instances - and that would be true. However, you describe a very, very complex case with complex respiratory issues. I would only use this drug if the physicians managing your child say ok. It should have no effect on the heart problems. ...Read more

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Why does acute rheumatic fever target the mitral valve to cause mitral valve stenosis?

It can target any va: Rheumatic fever is no respecter of valves. Mitral valve, followed by aortic valve involvement occur. Rarely is the pulmonic or tricuspid valve involved. Of course, joints, skin (rash) nodules and various neurologic sequelae are also found. ...Read more

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Leaky heart valve regurgitation or aortic dissection, what to do?

Leaky heart valve regurgitation or aortic dissection, what to do?

Lethal: If you think you have an aortic dissection, you should be in the er since the mortality rate until diagnosis rises by the hour. ...Read more

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How dangerous is mitral valve regurgitation ?

How dangerous is mitral valve regurgitation ?

Depends: Mitral regurgitation is when it leaks blood backwards into the atrium. The seriousness of this is depends on the amount of leakage, the size of the heart, how well the heart squeezes and other factors. Many people live entirely normal lives with a small amount of leak. Surgery is indicated for severe cases (usually a repair) because in those cases it can improve life expectancy and quality of life. ...Read more

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Is mitral valve prolapse a contagious condition?

Is mitral valve prolapse a contagious condition?

No: No, the tendency for it is present at birth, so it may have a genetic or womb cause. There is even a correlation with certain finger print patterns. Finger prints form in the fetus before birth. There is nothing contagious about it. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolapse get worse over time?

Can mitral valve prolapse get worse over time?

Commonly yes: Regular followup and echocardiograms are appropriate. Not all progress to need surgery. ...Read more

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Mitral valve regurgitation heal after blood pressure is controlled ?

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Unlikely: Depends on reversibility and underlying cause...How severe? May help to control symptoms. ...Read more

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Plz xplainEcho says EF 60% Mild mitral valve prolapse.Left Atrium mildly dilated.mild mitral regurg.cannot rule out bicuspid aortic valve considerTEE?

Had a cath?: The echo says there might be a structural abnormality of the aortic valve and a leak of the mitral valve with resultant dilation of left atrium. If you had the cardiac cath you list any time recently, more information should be available from that. A TEE is a transesophageal echo which gives us better pictures than a transthoracic echo. You should discuss this echo with your Doc ...Read more

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Heart valve replacement. Which valves need it most?

Heart valve replacement. Which valves need it most?

Heart valves: The mitral and aortic valves are the most often replaced valves, but sometimes the mitral valve can be repaired, but not the aortic valve. So probably the aortic is the most replaced. It is much less common that the pulmonary or tricuspid valve be replaced. ...Read more