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Can someone survive with torn heart valve?
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Sure... for a while
The issue is how torn, and how much leakage is coming along for the ride.
In an ICU setting, we can usually keep things under control even when it's severe until we can do surgery. Less severe problems may not even need treatment (huge portions of the population have trivial amounts of leakage of one or more valves and this should not prompt concern).

In brief: Sure... for a while
The issue is how torn, and how much leakage is coming along for the ride.
In an ICU setting, we can usually keep things under control even when it's severe until we can do surgery. Less severe problems may not even need treatment (huge portions of the population have trivial amounts of leakage of one or more valves and this should not prompt concern).
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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Usually no
Probably the most common "torn heart valve" is the mitral valve with a ruptured support structure.
Frequently when a patient has a ruptured mitral valve apparatus, they are in dire need of mitral valve repair and do not do well in its absence. Rarely however, the patient will be ok for some time, but since mitral insufficiency can be asymptomatic until it's too late, i would not wait too long.

In brief: Usually no
Probably the most common "torn heart valve" is the mitral valve with a ruptured support structure.
Frequently when a patient has a ruptured mitral valve apparatus, they are in dire need of mitral valve repair and do not do well in its absence. Rarely however, the patient will be ok for some time, but since mitral insufficiency can be asymptomatic until it's too late, i would not wait too long.
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