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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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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. ...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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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

See below: A heart valve infection or endocarditis is usually caused by a bacterial infection of the valve. There are also not infectious causes of endocarditis. A normal CBC means that the complete blood count ie. Red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are all normal. This is unusual in bacterial endocarditis but does occur. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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