What causes a leaky heart valve?

Born with vs acquire. Leaky heart valves occur congenitally when some aspect of the valve leaflets/annulus/supporting structures is abnormal at birth. They can also be acquired as a result of changes in the heart structure/valve structure/aorta/lungs over time. Heart attacks can damage valves, as can infectious endocarditis, cardiomyopathy, enlarging aortic root, pulmonary disease causing pulmonary hypertension.

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Which types of of problems do you think a leaky heart valve would cause?

Arythmia/CHF. Cardiac enlargement/ arythmias /heart failue are some of the problems that can happen depending on which valve and severity of the valve leak. Read more...

What causes heart valve disease?

Multiple causes. Stress, stretch, calcium deposition and degeneration all are factors that lead to disease in heart valves. Recurrent inflammation, rheumatic heart disease, infection on the valves themselves is other reasons. Heart conditions and other disorders, age-related changes, rheumatic fever, and infections can cause acquired heart valve disease. These factors change the shape or flexibility of once-normal. Read more...

What is a leaking heart valve? What causes it?

Valve. 'Leaking' heart valves are valves with don't close properly. There are various causes of this problem. It can be inherited or acquired. Acquired types include infections and heart damage from inflammatory and ischemic and toxic processes. Structural abnormalities of the muscle or degeneration of valve tissue can also cause the problem. There are too many potential causes to list all here. Read more...

Bicuspid heart valve disease causes?

Generally yes. With aging, other factors become superimposed such as onset of coronary disease, hypertension, and senescent changes in diastolic function. Moreover, the involved valve itself may gradually deteriorate. The net effect is often progressive worsening but this may not be noticed since people tend to slow down and do less activity as they age. Read more...
Genetics. Bicuspid aortic valve is a congenital cardiac condition. It can be a spontaneous or genetically transmitted defect. It is the most common congenital heart valve defect in the U.S. Siblings and children of patients with bicuspid av should get a screening echocardiogram. In the long run most people with this need valve replacement. See a cardiologist. Read more...

Hi am 27 yrs old and have a lower heart valve that is part closed. Can that cause a heart attack or a stroke? Or am I to young to have any of those?

Which valve? Don't know what a lower valve is. A stenotic valve can cause increased strain on the heart. Depending on the cause of the stenosis, damage to a valve could predispose to propagation of emboli which might cause blockages to the arteries of any part of the body. There is no age that is too low for a stroke or heart attack. Read more...
? Not sure what you mean by "lower heart valve" but heart valve disorders in 26 year olds are not likely to cause heart attacks or strokes. Read more...

Doc says I have a leaky heart valve can that cause palpitations, dizziness, cloudiness?

Yes,this can happen. When a cardiac valve is leaky the blood regurgitates back into the chamber from where the blood came originally instead of going in the forward direction to the next chamber. When it happens the tissues don't get enough blood and oxygen. At the same time the overfilled chamber from the leaky valve is trying to make up by beating faster than it should be, to meet out the demands of tissues. Read more...