What can worsen a leaky heart valve?

Depends. The 4 main valves in the heart are the mitral valve , aortic valve , pulmonic valve and tricuspid valve. The left sided valves are the mitral and aortic valves. If they leak high systemic blood pressure makes it worse and strict controll of your blood pressure is essential. The right sided valves , especially the the tricuspid valve can be made worse with conditions such as sleep apnea.
High blood pressure. It depends on the location if the valve in the heart but high blood pressure and excess volume in general causes the valves to leak more.

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A leaky heart valve at 4 means what?

Depends. It reallyd depends on the amount of leak thru the valve. An ultrasound called an echocardiogram is one way of evaluation a leaky valve. Other terms used are regurge or regurgitation or insufficiency. A pediatric cardiologist would be very helpful in evaluation the leaky valve. Read more...

How does someone get a leaky heart valve?

Can be multifaceted . Most common is wear & tear as people age, however, small amounts of regurgitation (leaking) is normal for many valves & is assessed by echocardiography. Read more...
Multiple ways. The are multiple causes for leaky heart valves. Some of the most common causes are: congenital (born that way), rheumatic disease, deterioration over time, and infection of the valve. Read more...

Can someone live with a leaky heart valve?

Yes. Many people can have mild leaks (regurgitation) of one or more of their heart valves (aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic). Often mild to moderate regurgitation is tolerated quite well and can be followed. Moderate to severe regurgitation can sometimes be followed closely if the patient has no symptoms and the heart is otherwise ok, but severe leaks can lead to serious problems. Read more...

How do you know if you have a leaky heart valve?

Murmur or echo. Leaky heart valve, or regurgitation, can be diagnosed by a doctor on physical examination or by an echocardiogram(ultrasound of the heart). Read more...
A murmur. Leaky valves are associated with heart murmurs. The diagnosis is usually confirmed with an echocardiogram . Read more...

What are common symptoms of a leaky heart valve?

Shortness of breath. The principal symptom is shortness of breath. Other symptoms might included fatigue, swollen ankles, cough. Read more...
Insufficiency. Leaky heart valves produce volume loads on the heart. They may produce abnormal rhythms early. As the heart enlarges the back pressure builds up in the lungs and shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity is seen. We try and repair or replace these valves when the heart enlargement is seen to be progressing. Read more...

What does a leaky heart valve feel like? Anything?

Depends. If mild, u may not have any symptoms. When heart valves become moderate to severe in their "leakiness" then shortness of breath can occur, dizziness, palpitations=feelings like heart is pumping really hard, too fast or slow, and chest pressure too. But all these symptoms also occur in panic attacks too. Many young females have Mitral Valve Prolapse which people live all their life without issues. Read more...