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What Does It Mean When Infection Of Heart Valves
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
Numerous: An infection of the heart valves, known as endocarditis, is a very serious disorder. Symptoms usually stem from infection in the blood stream and include fever, chills, possible low blood pressure or even shock, heart failure, shortness of breath, and may include severe damage to the infected valve causing severe leakage of the valve, requiring emergency valve replacement surgery. ...Read more
Endocarditis: When a bacteria gets in the bloodstream, there is a chance of attaching to a heart valve. This is called endocarditis. If this happens, the bacteria can grow, causing lesions called vegetations to appear which can break off and plug small blood vessels in the hand, foot, or brain. The bacterial growth can also cause the valve to leak. If this is significant, valve replacement may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there much of a link between flossing and/or using mouthwash and infections of the heart valves?
Perhaps.: Good dental care greatly reduces the risk of bacteria getting in the blood stream from the mouth, but this is likely something that occurs frequently in normal people. Abnormal heart valves are prone to infection so procedures that are likely to cause bacteria entry into blood are hazardous. Flossing is very low risk. Some dental procedures and colonoscopy may require antibiotics for safety. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May be: You have serious heart condition at young age. Do you have some congenital ( from Birth) Heart Disease? Or Are you over weight? Obviously you are under care of Cardiologist so ask him/her what it means to have thickened Heart valve. Without seeing a report I cannot interpret and give you conflicting explanation ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
D dimer 0.93, found 4.5 taaw/ct angio/w/contrast, echo, mildthickening of left ventricle&atrium, slight regurgitation of all heart valves.Mean?
Heart valves: It is difficult to answer this question and it depends on your symptoms . If your symptoms are minimal the you can safely wait, however if you are suffering debilitating symptoms then you need the repair done as soon as possible ...Read more
Birth defect: This is called "myxomatous degeneration" and is not acquired. You're born with it. ...Read more
Dr. Says i have trace regurgitation in 3 heart valves. Only recommending yearly echos to check on it. Is this normal im otherwise healthy?
Just a trace.: Trace regurgitation is usually nothing of immediate concern - it wouldn't cause any symptoms and may just be reflective of the way your valves open and close normally and thereby may never progress beyond trace. Yearly 2D echo is recommended to make sure trace regurgitation doesn't become mild, then moderate and then severe, but this doesn't always happen. ...Read more
Cardiologist said I most of my heart valves are leaky. Could this be causing my atypical POTS and IST presentation?
Results are yours: In general, the results of tests that you had done should be available to you, and you can take them to another doctor. Since you have questions after seeing the doctor, think about going back to get them clarified, or getting a 2d opinion consult. ...Read more
I have to have two heart valves replaced.MITRAL AND AORTIC are these the worst ones? Also together at the same time plz
RHD?: I assume you have rheumatic heart disease? At your age, if your general health is good, kidney function normal, no lung disease, your surgery should be very low risk and very successful. Be sure your teeth are in good condition before surgery or get them repaired beforehand as dental infection poses a grave risk to your new artificial valves. Best wishes to you! ...Read more
Does not enlarge: Your heart valves don't enlarge. They can get thickened or calcified. They can get infected or destroyed by infection. The structures that support the heart valves can get stretched or rupture, but the valves themselves don't get enlarged. Heart chamber can get enlarged. ...Read more
Tissue valves: The size of pig and cow valves approximates the size of human valves. They are chemically treated to decrease the likelihood of tissue rejection. The porcine valves are more commonly used than the bovine. ...Read more
Tissue valves: We use beef, pig and human aortic valves as replacements in humans. Those three most closely simulate the size of the human valves. ...Read more
Does recovery for two heart valves replaceing longer than just one replaceing plz.i av to have two replaced?
It varies: Everyone is different. A lot depends on age, severity of illness and degree of vigor vs. frailty. On average younger people can expect to be back at full strength in 2-3 months. The stronger you are going in to surgery, the quicker the recovery. It varies from person to person, but double valve surgery will likely take longer than single valve. Focus on your goal of full recovery. ...Read more
Valve infection: Fungal infection of the valve - serious and debilitating. You would have to have an abnormal valve, infection of the blood stream (bactaremia) and/or be immunocompromised. Blood cultures can detect candida in the blood. If positive, the next step would be imaging tests of the heart valves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Trace to mild amount of leakage is considered normal in right heart valves. It is not uncommon to see trace amount of leakage on the left side in normal individuals. Leakage of the valves is also somewhat dynamic depending on pressures, can be seen at times but not all the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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