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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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Why could you get inflammation of a heart valve?

Why could you get inflammation of a heart valve?

Rheumatic fever: Untreated strep throat (usually in children) can lead to rheumatic fever which can cause severe inflammation and permanent damage to a heart valve (rheumatic heart disease). ...Read more

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What is the definition of an inflammation of a heart valve?

What is the definition of an inflammation of a heart valve?

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

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Can an echocardiogram tell if you have inflammation of a major heart valve?

Can an echocardiogram tell if you have inflammation of a major heart valve?

No: An echocardiogram can tell valve "leakiness", valve "stenosis" and other structural abnormalities such as cholesterol build up, "healed" scar from prior infection, or "prolapse", cannot really tell "inflammation". ...Read more

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What are heart valve tendons called?

What are heart valve tendons called?

Chordae tendineae: They attach to the inside of the heart and to the valve so that the valve does not close too far and leak. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the heart valve in back of the heart called?

What is the heart valve in back of the heart called?

Mitral valve: The mitral valve is the most posterior and also the most leftward of the four heart valves. http://www.vhlab.umn.edu/atlas/anatutorial/anatutorial5.shtml. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for fibers in heart valve called?

What are the treatments for fibers in heart valve called?

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

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Inflammation (Definition)

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