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What Is Inflammation Of A Heart Valve Called
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
Endocarditis: The most common type of inflamed heart valve is due to infection, known as endocarditis. This is a life-threatening condition caused by germs, especially bacteria that attack heart valves causing holes, growths, thickening and scarring. This can lead to leaky valves. People with valve disease (except mild mitral valve prolapse without thickening or regurgitation) are at increased risk. ...Read more
Chordau tendiniae: The "fibers" are called "chordae" and are similar in function to parachute chords. They prevent the valve leaflets to prolapse (tricuspid and mitral), holding them back just like a parachute chord prevents the parachute from flipping up. If these chords break, the valve will leak. Surgical fixes include annuloplasty (narrowing the valve ring), repairing the chordae, and valve replacement. ...Read more
If i'm having a heart valve replacement do I have the right to insist on a tissue valve or mechanical valve?
Should i be concerned if my husband has just been diagnosed with enlarged heart valve - what does this mean?
Approximately how long will a mosaic porcine heart valve in the mitral position last before needing replacement? I am 23 yrs old
Exactly : I agree completely with dr. Binford. Probably less than 10 years. ...Read more
I have a leaky heart valve, they say my heart is to weak to do surgery. So I have been taking meds. Do i need to watch what i do. ?
Devil in the details: Depends entirely on which valve and how much leaking. Some leaking of the tricuspid and pulmonic valve is 100% normal. Mild leakage of the mitral valve is technically "abnormal" but nearly universal and harmless. Mild leakage of the aortic valve is abnormal but well tolerated. Severe leakage should be followed by your heart doc and treated if certain criteria are met. ...Read more
What valve?: A stenotic mitral, tricuspid or pulmonic valve may last many years after valvuloplasty, an aortic valve usually only 6 moths. So since it was in 2001, my guess it was one of these three. Valves can also now be replaced by a similar technique, a valve sewn into a stent that is expanded into place with a valvuloplasty ballon, currently only approved for the aortic, in high risk patients for surgery. ...Read more
I have a degenerative heart valve and had valvuloplasty in early 2001, how much longer will the valve last?
Variable: If you are 30 now, your valve was ballooned when you were ~19. The valve location was not specified- most common would be either the pulmonic valve due to pulmonic stenosis or the mitral valve from mitral stenosis. You need to have this reevaluated on a periodic basis with an echocardiogram. It may be several more years before the valve restenoses, then may need re-plasty or valve replacement. ...Read more
I have a leaky heart valve how concerned should I be these heart doctors don't explain anything it's the valve that starts with an m ?
Have leaky heart valve. Not sure which but I think Tricuspid. Test was 2 yr ago but just told by dr yesterday. Need to worry? Dr said 80% ppl have
Valvar insufficiency: From the character of your statement you likely have nothing to worry about on this subject. You should however ask this question and for details of your Doc who has the most information about you specifically ...Read more
Probably not do.
We do on people your age and beyond.
Total risks, benefits and alternatives would be discussed.
Cath and angio to know about coronary status is relevant.
All other risks weigh on the recommendations. ...Read more
I have an artificial heart valve and was wondering if there is an alternative to warfarin out there?
Ask your CARDIOLOGIST if one of the newer anticoagulants is right for you!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
What do you recommend if I had a heart cath today and dr. said I need a heart valve replacement. what heart valve?
Not so simple: Usual options are mechanical or tissue valve. Life long blood thinners are usually needed with the former, and the latter may need a redo operation in 10-20 years. Other issues are; how active are you? Can you take blood thinners? Which valve is it; Aortic, mitral, tricuspid, pulmonic? A review of your records with a cardiac surgeon is recommended. ...Read more
Hi am 27 yrs old and have a lower heart valve that is part closed. Can that cause a heart attack or a stroke? Or am i to young to have any of those?
Which valve?: Don't know what a lower valve is. A stenotic valve can cause increased strain on the heart. Depending on the cause of the stenosis, damage to a valve could predispose to propagation of emboli which might cause blockages to the arteries of any part of the body. There is no age that is too low for a stroke or heart attack. ...Read more
To direct flow: A heart valve functions to allow unidirectional blood flow. When chambers of the heart contract, one heart valve will open and one will close; this effectively allows only one low resistance pathway for the blood to follow. If there were no valves, blood would flow backwards from where it just came as well as forwards. This would significantly decrease the effectiveness of the heart as a pump. ...Read more
Are you a surgeon?: Some heart valves can be repaired. Some can't. Full textbooks and extensive lecture series with demonstrations are devoted to this subject. Most people rely on their doctor who can refer them to a surgeon who is very practiced in this highly technical field. ...Read more
Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more
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