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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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What does a minor leaky heart valve mean?

What does a minor leaky heart valve mean?

It depends.: It depends upon the basis for the comment. If the comment was based upon a review of an echocardiographic assessment of ones heart, then it implies a near-normal valve. On the other hand, if it's based upon the reporting of the intensity of a heart murmur heard with a stethoscope, then the accuracy is dependent upon the skill of the person using the instrument.

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What does it mean to have regurgitation of the heart valve?

What does it mean to have regurgitation of the heart valve?

Backward flow: Heart valves, like those in your car, are meant to have blood flow in one direction, and prevent backward flow. If the valve does not close fully when it should, blood can flow backwards. This is called regurgitation.

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Please answer! What do docs mean when they say a heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survive with this?

Please answer! What do docs mean when they say a heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survive with this?

Complicated: Valves are either blocked or leaky or both. Damage is typically due to aging or calcification, congenital conditions, infections or structural deterioration. Some people live years with minor damage others much less. Survival depends on how severe damage is.

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What does it mean to have a leaky heart valve that causes palpitations?

What does it mean to have a leaky heart valve that causes palpitations?

Not causative: Leaky heart valves do not cause palpitations. However, patients with mitral valve prolapse have a higher incidence of palpitations and arrhythmias (eg premature beats) for unknown reasons.

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A leaky heart valve at 4 means what?

A leaky heart valve at 4 means what?

Depends: It reallyd depends on the amount of leak thru the valve. An ultrasound called an echocardiogram is one way of evaluation a leaky valve. Other terms used are regurge or regurgitation or insufficiency. A pediatric cardiologist would be very helpful in evaluation the leaky valve.

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Please answer! What does it mean if heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survives on medicine?

Please answer! What does it mean if heart valve is damaged? How long does a person survives on medicine?

Need more info: Outcome with valve disease depends on things like which valve, how much damage, heart size and function, symptoms, age, other diseases (including other heart diseases).

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Should I be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?

Should I be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?

Heart valve: There is no such thing enlarged heart valve. If you are taking about thickened heart valve with out stenosis then he should be ok. If it is myxomatous proliferation then you should see a cardiologist.

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Explain what is meant if you have a heart valve infection with normal cbcs?

Explain what is meant if you have a heart valve infection with normal cbcs?

Not much: Valvular endocarditis is an infection needing systemic antibiotics and possible surgery. A normal CBC does not have any relationship to the infection. It may be normal or high WBC or low wbc. There may be anemia or not. Same with platelets. If there is an abnormality of CBC with onset of endocarditis a normal CBC may reflect the pt is responding to treatment.

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If your troponin level is normal, does it mean that your heart valve is allright & not infected by bacterial endocarditis? Ty

If your troponin level is normal, does it mean that your heart valve is allright & not infected by bacterial endocarditis? Ty

Not necessarily: Elevated troponin is most often associated with heart muscle damage, as in a heart attack. Heart valves may be damaged (by infection or other processes) that may not lead to an elevated troponin. An ultrasound of the heart should help detect important damage to any involved valves.

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My maternal fetal doctor found calcium on my baby's heart valve in utero. He said it doesn't mean anything... How can it not mean anything?

It doesn't!: What your doctor probably saw is a a bright spot, an "echogenic focus" in the baby's heart. We think these are probably calcium deposits. They do not seem to have any effect on heart function. They are one of a large number of minor abnormalities that can signal an increased risk of down syndrome in a baby, but usually only if there is more than one abnormality.

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Can someone live with a leaky heart valve?

Can someone live with a leaky heart valve?

Yes: Many people can have mild leaks (regurgitation) of one or more of their heart valves (aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic). Often mild to moderate regurgitation is tolerated quite well and can be followed. Moderate to severe regurgitation can sometimes be followed closely if the patient has no symptoms and the heart is otherwise ok, but severe leaks can lead to serious problems.

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Can someone survive with torn heart valve?

Usually no: Probably the most common "torn heart valve" is the mitral valve with a ruptured support structure. Frequently when a patient has a ruptured mitral valve apparatus, they are in dire need of mitral valve repair and do not do well in its absence. Rarely however, the patient will be ok for some time, but since mitral insufficiency can be asymptomatic until it's too late, I would not wait too long.

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What are common symptoms of a leaky heart valve?

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.

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How possible is it that I will need a new heart valve?

New heart valve: If your valves are normal then very low probability you'll need a new valve. If you have a seriously malfunctioning valve causing hemodynamic problems, you have a high probability of needing a new valve

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What is myocardioitis and will it cause narrowing of a heart valve?

What is myocardioitis and will it cause narrowing of a heart valve?

Heart inflamation: Myocarditits is inflammation of the heart muscle. It is usually caused by viruses or antibodies made to viruses/bacteria. It can have variable consequences from nothing to heart failure.

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Which types of of problems do you think a leaky heart valve would cause?

Which types of of problems do you think a leaky heart valve would cause?

Arythmia/CHF: Cardiac enlargement/ arythmias /heart failue are some of the problems that can happen depending on which valve and severity of the valve leak.

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Could a heart valve repair itself?

Could a heart valve repair itself?

No: If a heart valve is leaky or stenotic these conditions do not generally improve without intervention. This is due to the fact that once abnormal mechanical forces start they can begin a cycle of negative effects. The rate of progression varies tremendously, often related to the root cause. Many people, for example, with trivial leaky valves live normally without ever having any problems.

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What is a sticky heart valve called?

What is a sticky heart valve called?

Heart valve: We don't use the terminology 'sticky heart valve'. You may mean a stenotic valve.