Heart Valve Diseases

Your heart has four valves. Normally, these valves open to let blood flow through or out of your heart, and then shut to keep it from flowing backward. But sometimes they don't work properly. If they don't, you could have

  • Regurgitation - when blood leaks back through the valve in the wrong direction
  • Mitral valve prolapse - when one of the valves, the mitral valve, has "floppy" flaps and doesn't close tightly. It's one of the most common heart valve conditions. Sometimes it causes regurgitation.
  • Stenosis - when the valve doesn't open enough and blocks blood flow

Valve problems can be present at birth or caused by infections, heart attacks, or heart disease or damage. The main sign of heart valve disease is an unusual heartbeat sound called a heart murmur. Your doctor can hear a heart murmur with a stethoscope. But many people have heart murmurs without having a problem. Heart tests can show if you have a heart valve disease. Some valve problems are minor and do not need treatment. Others might require medicine, medical procedures, or surgery to repair or replace the valve.

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  1. Heart Valve Diseases (National Library of Medicine)  
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  2. Heart valve surgery is used to repair or replace diseased heart valves. Blood that flows between different chambers of your heart must flow through a heart valve. Blood that flows out of your heart into ...
  3. ... the heart. The opening and closing of the heart valves produce the heart-beat sounds. ... Heart valve replacement may be recommended for: narrowing of the heart valve (stenosis) leaking of the heart valve ...
  4. What Is Heart Valve Disease? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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  6. Aortic regurgitation is a heart valve disease in which the aortic valve does not close tightly. This allows blood to flow from the aorta (the largest ...
  7. Heart valve surgery is used to repair or replace diseased heart valves. Your surgery may have been done through a ... surgery to repair or replace one of your heart valves. Your surgery may have been done through a ...
  8. ... in the lungs ( pulmonary hypertension ) Problems with the heart valves The following procedures may also be done using ... types of heart defects Open a narrowed (stenotic) heart valve Open blocked arteries or grafts in the heart ( ...
  9. Heart Valve Surgery Recovery and Follow Up (American Heart Association)  
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  10. Pulmonary valve stenosis is a heart valve disorder that involves the pulmonary valve. This is the valve separating the right ventricle (one of the chambers in the heart) ...
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