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What Are The Effects Of A Leaking Mitral Valve
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
Mitral valve: The mitral valve has to open properly to let blood flow into the left ventricle from the atrium. If it doesn't, we call this stenosis. It has to close to keep the blood flowing toward the body, if it doesn't we call this regurgitation or insufficiency. Either or both problems can exist with the valve if its abnormal. Insufficiency is more common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the underlying causes of aortic valve cusp prolapse? Is there always regurgitation with it?
Often little to none: Mitral valve prolapse is a disorder of the mitral valve which affects the way it closes. Most of the time this results in little no leak. As long as there is little to no leak most patients will have no symptoms. Most patients with mitral valve prolapse probably don't even know about it. If there are symptoms usually they are related to an increase in the leakage of the valve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Shortness of breath: If valve insufficiency is mild or moderate, you may not have any symptoms. Severe valve insufficiency causes significant back flow of the blood causing enlarged heart chamber and congestion of blood to structure before the valve (lung or liver) causing shortness of breath and heart failure symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Insufficiency: Leaky heart valves produce volume loads on the heart. They may produce abnormal rhythms early. As the heart enlarges the back pressure builds up in the lungs and shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity is seen. We try and repair or replace these valves when the heart enlargement is seen to be progressing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rupture?: The hydro elastoma is a filament that is attached to the mitral valve and other structures of the left heart that has the potential to rupture and embolize, meaning that remnants and particles of it could move through the blood stream potentially block flow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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