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What does it mean to have regurgitation of the heart valve?

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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Backward flow

Heart valves, like those in your car, are meant to have blood flow in one direction, and prevent backward flow.
If the valve does not close fully when it should, blood can flow backwards. This is called regurgitation.

In brief: Backward flow

Heart valves, like those in your car, are meant to have blood flow in one direction, and prevent backward flow.
If the valve does not close fully when it should, blood can flow backwards. This is called regurgitation.
Dr. Edward Hoffer
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Regurgitation

The valve has to open properly to let blood flow into the ventricle from the atrium. If it doesnot; we call this stenosis.
It has to close to keep the blood flowing toward the body, if it does not; we call this regurgitation or insufficiency. Either or both problems can exist with the valve if its abnormal. Insufficiency is more common.

In brief: Regurgitation

The valve has to open properly to let blood flow into the ventricle from the atrium. If it doesnot; we call this stenosis.
It has to close to keep the blood flowing toward the body, if it does not; we call this regurgitation or insufficiency. Either or both problems can exist with the valve if its abnormal. Insufficiency is more common.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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