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Can you tell on an EKG if there is a missing pulmonary valve?

Can you tell on an EKG if there is a missing pulmonary valve?

No: The ECG reflects the electrical activity of the heart. It does not provide images of the heart. The best way to evaluate the pulmonary valve is an echocardiogram. ...Read more

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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more

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How do they know murmur is innocent if pulmonary valve is not well seen on echo, would doppler show signs even if valve was not seen well?

How do they know murmur is innocent  if  pulmonary valve is not well seen on echo, would doppler show signs even if valve was not seen well?

Typically yes.: Frequently in adults, the pulmonic valve is difficult to see in 2d mode, but spectral and color flow doppler characteristics provide information on the diagnosis and quantification of any pulmonic insufficiency and pulmonic stenosis. ...Read more

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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

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What is the function of the pulmonary valve?

What is the function of the pulmonary valve?

Flow direction: Pulmonic valve like all other heart valves, directs the flow from one chamber to another, in this case from the right ventricle to the lungs. It allows the flow to be organized and the timing of flow to be proper. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pulmonary valve?

What is the definition or description of: pulmonary valve?

Valve in the heart: The heart has 4 chambers. The right ventricle is the pumping chamber whic h pushes blood into the lungs so oxygen can be put into the blood. When the right ventricle squeezes, the pulmonary valve opens and blood flows into the lungs. When the right ventricle relaxes to fill, the pulmonary valve closes so blood can't flow backwards back into the heart. ...Read more

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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

Have an Echocardiogram done
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Have MD explain to you Mitral Regurgitation
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Focus on your Ejection Fraction and End Diastolic Dimension
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If <60% EF or ESD >40mm further discussions will be needed
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Where can I find other people with a v.S.D with absent pulmonary valve?

Where can I find other people with a v.S.D with absent pulmonary valve?

ACHD - National Org: I think your best source of both information and the ability to connect with others with VSD/absent pulmonary valve is the American Congenital Heart Disease Association. (www.achaheart.org) website. They will have their annual meeting in Chicago Sept 5th-7th and much of it revolves around patients and their families. I have spoke at it before and it is an excellent meeting. Please check it out. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of absent pulmonary valve?

What are the symptoms of absent pulmonary valve?

Depends: Pulmonary valve atresia causes intense cyanosis and possibly respiratory distress. An absent pulmonary valve (tetralogy of fallot with absent pulmonary valve syndrome) presents with a heart murmur and respiratory distress. They usually have very dilated pulmonary arteries that compress the airways. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an absent pulmonary valve?

Rare CHD: A rare congenital heart defect. The pulmonary valve doesn’t form and not enough blood can flow to the lungs to get oxygen; only through the PDA (patent ductus arteriosus). It often occurs as part of a condition called tetralogy of fallot. There is usually a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart (ventricular septal defect). Surgery as a newborn is required. ...Read more

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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

Pulmonary Valve (Definition)

The heart has 4 chambers. The right ventricle is the pumping chamber whic h pushes blood into the lungs so oxygen can be put into the blood. When the right ventricle squeezes, the pulmonary valve opens and blood flows into the lungs. When the right ventricle relaxes to fill, the pulmonary valve closes so blood can't flow backwards ...Read more

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