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Doctor insights on: Which Heart Valves Are Anchored By Chordae Tendinae To The Heart Muscle

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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APS affects balance, "brain fog" twitching muscles. Cardio dr said has affected my heart valves as well. Is this uncommon? Any recommendations?

APS affects balance, "brain fog" twitching muscles. Cardio dr said has affected my heart valves as well. Is this uncommon? Any recommendations?

Yes: 37y fem. W. autonomic parasympathetic system disorder w. "twitching muscles, dis-coordination & brain-fog". Women w. Fibromyalgia, FM, experience same symptoms. Cardiologist says "heart valve" problem. Mitral valve prolapse /FM via inherited Hypermobility Syndrome. Echocardiogram easily defines MVP. FM cured w. aquatherapy, wt. Loss, cannabis for depression mood & sleep, biofeedback, mindfullness. ...Read more

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What happens when your heart valves enlarge?

What happens when your heart valves enlarge?

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

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What happens when your heart valves enlarge?

Leaks: They dilate may cause backward blood leaks. Symptoms depend upon severity. ...Read more

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What happens to heart valves over the years 65-plus?

What happens to heart valves over the years 65-plus?

Risk of hardening: Heart valves have a risk of "hardening" or becoming less flexible over time. Best way to prevent this is general healthy lifestyle and prevention of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. ...Read more

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Why are pig heart valves suitable as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

Why are pig heart valves suitable as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

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

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Home come pig hearts valves are used as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

Home come pig hearts valves are used as replacements for damaged heart valves in humans?

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

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What r the best replacement heart valves?

What r the best replacement heart valves?

Heart valves: Heart valves need to be chosen for the individual patient. Different valves have their pluses and minuses and different valves 'fit' different people. Often the valve has to be chosen in the operating room to be as it were fitted to the patient. ...Read more

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What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

What are the presenting symptoms of an infection of heart valves?

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

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Can multiple system atrophy affect the heart muscle?

Can multiple system atrophy affect the heart muscle?

Unfortunately yes: As MSA progresses, every muscle in the body eventually gets affected by the degeneration of the autonomic nerves & other derangements which cannot be compensated for anymore by the "voluntary" nervous system. I have a patient who is likely going through his last stages & it is a relentless disease process for which he now refuses any & all interventions to help him with breathing or swallowing. ...Read more

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Does alcohol affect heart valves, does it weaken them.?

Does alcohol affect heart valves, does it weaken them.?

Alcohol: May be not so much heart valves as heart itself. It can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy, which means that heart is big and also getting weak. ...Read more

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Does drug abuse/sniffing effect or damage your heart valves?

Does drug abuse/sniffing effect or damage your heart valves?

Valve damage: If you develop an endocarditis then certainly yes. Even if you develop a bacterial infection in your blood then yes. ...Read more

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Is ventricular fibrillation a problem inside the heart muscle?

Is ventricular fibrillation a problem inside the heart muscle?

Electrical...: Ventricular fibrillation is an electrical problem that causes the heart to quiver so it cannot pump blood. Since there is no blood flow, the patient is clinically dead and the heart needs to be shocked, hopefully back into a normal rhythmn. ...Read more

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Describe the disorder called an infection of the heart valves.?

Endocarditis: It is called endocarditis. Can be caused mostly by bacterias and fungus. It is a very serious condition that requires immediate intervention. Valves can deteriorate fast and hence cardiac function be compromised ...Read more

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How close are we to "growing" our own heart valves using stem cells?

I have not: Seen any study showing any attempts of using stem cells to growth heart valves. ...Read more

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What is the safest way to repair leaking heart valves in the elderly?

What is the safest way to repair leaking heart valves in the elderly?

Depends: Which valve? What age? Define elderly. To repair a heart valve, obviously, need cardiopulmonary bypass and cardioplegic arrest. Sometimes the tricuspid valve can be repaired without cardioplegic arrest. To replace a heart valve, cpb/cardioplegic arrest normally used. In selected high morbidity/mortality candidates over 80y/o, transapical or transiliac or transfemoral aortic stent valves option. ...Read more

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Why do people with artificial heart valves have to take blood thinners?

Why do people with artificial heart valves have to take blood thinners?

Risk x clots: Artificial valves statistically are more prone to cause clots. Red blood cells crash against their hard surfaces triggering the cascade for clotting. This does not occur with bio prosthetic valves made of animals like pigs, or cadaver duramadre (meningeal layer). ...Read more

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What is the procedure for repairing leaking heart valves in the elderly?

What is the procedure for repairing leaking heart valves in the elderly?

Depends: Most valve replacement is open heart surgical replacement with an artificial valve of some type.

A new method for aortic stenosis (not a leaky valve) is to fix it through the artery- kind of like a stent placement; this is not open heart surgery. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more