The heart is the vital organ of the body that pushes blood all through the body and collects back deoxygenated blood returning from different parts of the body. The heart has 4 chambers i.e. 2 upper atrium and 2 bottom ventricles. The atrium and ventricles are separated by valves, which provide unidirectional blood flow. The left ventricle opens in the aorta that supplies oxygenated blood to the body via other arteries.
Each valve has three cusps except the mitral valve which has two cusps.
Sometimes, any of these heart valves do not shut properly due to a birth defect or rheumatic heart disease, or dilated heart, this is known as leaky valves. This is also known as regurgitation or backward leaking of the partial volume of blood. There may be a mixing of blood leading the heart to function extra hard to attain a similar supply. The condition might go unnoticed causing no symptoms at all to serious manifestations depending upon the extent of the leak.
Surgical options for Valve Replacement include:
Most of the patients with regurgitation may spend a healthy and normal life with mild medications and even milder lifestyle modifications. And if you need extra support, your healthcare support is just around the corner.
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