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What is the significance of nonfunctional or defective chordae tendinae?

What is the significance of nonfunctional or defective chordae tendinae?

Heart disease: The chordae are support structures for the mitral and tricuspid valves. When they are damaged, valvar insufficiency results. This can be severe enough to cause congestive heart failure either acute or chronic. ...Read more

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Where is the chordae tendinae located?

Where is the chordae tendinae located?

Inside the ventricle: Chordae attach the valve to its papillary muscles. They are located on the ventricular side of the valve. ...Read more

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Where are the chordae tendinae located?

Where are the chordae tendinae located?

Below: The chordae tendinae are attached to the underside of the tricuspid (right side of the heart between the right atrium and right ventricle) and the mitral valve (left side of the heart between the left atrium and left ventricle). The attach much the same way that the chords of a parachute attach to the chute. The transmit the forces to pull open the valve and align it to close properly. ...Read more

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What is the position of chordae tendinae?

They attach: Wall of right and left ventricles to tricuspid and mitral valves respectively. ...Read more

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What is the function of the chordae tendinae?

What is the function of the chordae tendinae?

Hold valve: Think of valve as a parachute, chordae tendinae are the "ropes" that anchor the valve leaflets or cusps to the heart muscle. Heart muscle contraction pulls on these cords to close the valve, when when heart relaxes then the valve opens. They are an important part of the heart valve apparatus. ...Read more

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How does a chordae tendinae rupture?

How does a chordae tendinae rupture?

Usually wear & tear: Most cases of chordae tendinae rupture are because of degeneration after years of routine "wear and tear" leads to thickening and retraction. Rarely, it can occur due to infection (endocarditis), either acutely, or later if fibrosis develops and distorts the chorda. If a mitral valve is extremely "floppy", i.e. Mv prolapse, the flopping leaflet may pull the chorda hard enough to tear it. ...Read more

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Are the chordae tendinae located in both ventricles?

Yes: These serve as the support "strings" for the mitral & tricuspid valves. ...Read more

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I've been told I have loose chordae tendinae. Could this have been misinterperated on the echo and be something else?

Valve prolapse: chordae tendenae in a structure that normally exist in every heart, it is related to 2 of the valves of the heart: the mitral valve and the tricuspid valve it is like a tendon that connect the undersurface of these valves to a strong muscle, in order to make sure the valve close in the proper line. diseases of the chordae can make the valve either narrow or loose and leaking in the wrong direction ...Read more

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