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Doctor insights on: Which Heart Valves That Are Anchored By Chordae Tendinae

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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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Where are the heart valves?

Where are the heart valves?

4 locations: The first valve blood crosses is the tricuspid valve between the right atrium and right ventricle. Blood then flows across the pulmonic valve between the right ventricle and the lungs on its way to the lungs where it picks up oxygen and discards waste. It returns to the left atrium and crosses the mitral valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. It then exits across the aortic valve. ...Read more

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What do the heart valves do?

What do the heart valves do?

Prevent leak-back: The valves keep the blood moving forward in the circulatory system. The blood moves in starts and stops, with each heart beat. So to keep it moving forward and to prevent it from leaking back when the heart relaxes, there are one-way valves in place, much like the locks and dams in the panama canal. ...Read more

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How safe are artificial heart valves?

How safe are artificial heart valves?

Quite safe: In this day in age, several hundred thousand of these procedures have been performed successfully. Three types of valves: animal (porcine or bovine), bioprosthetic, mechanical. The latter requires long term blood thinners and blood test have to be performed periodically to ensure the blood is thinned enough. The latter tends to have a longer life, too. ...Read more

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Why can Rheumatism affect heart valves?

Why can Rheumatism affect heart valves?

Yes: This article will help clarify: http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/heart-disease/ra-and-your-heart.php

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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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Why are artificial heart valves important?

Why are artificial heart valves important?

Artificial heart : They are important as a therapeutic option for patients whose native valves are causing severe trouble. Without the option their outcome can be very poor. ...Read more

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Which set of heart valves are associated with the chordae tendineae?

Which set of heart valves are associated with the chordae tendineae?

Chordae: The mitral and tricuspid have chordae. The mitral ones are those we discuss most. ...Read more

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Three leaky heart valves and palpations. Was prescribed no meds. Was told heart was healthy can this be true?

Three leaky heart valves and palpations. Was prescribed no meds. Was told heart was healthy can this be true?

Before echo's: In the old days, rheumatic heart disease was the cause of most "hearable" murmurs:if heard, you were in trouble. Now with better stethoscopes & esp echo machines, "innocent" murmurs are frequently heard (or small valve leaks are commonly seen with echo) and normal--even all four valves. www.thepmc.org. ...Read more

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What are types of prosthetic heart valves?

What are types of prosthetic heart valves?

Many: Essentially any mobile valve has been used. Mechanical: ball valve tilting disc bivalve tilting biologic: pig valves sewn to a sewing ring bovine tissue - pericardium sewn to a sewing ring homografts. ...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 can be done about 4 leaky heart valves?

What can be done about 4 leaky heart valves?

It depends: on the reason(s) the valves leak, how much, heart function, age, and other medical problems/history. I would recommend seeing a physician. ...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