Tricuspid Valve Stenosis and Insufficiency

Tricuspid Valve Stenosis and InsufficiencyTricuspid valve stenosis and insufficiency, commonly associated with other heart defects, account for less than 5% of all heart failures. Both stenosis and insufficiency may occur due to rheumatic fever, although insufficiency is often causesd by the extension of the right ventricle, as a result of a condition such as, for example, mitral valve regurgitation.

Symptoms

If the tricuspid valve is damaged, the heart can no longer effectively pump blood into the lungs. Consequently, symptoms of congestive cardiac decompensation occur.

Dangers

Symptoms of cardiac decompensation may become worse and, in the end, disable you completely. As with other heart defects, additional danger is threatened by bacterial endocarditis.

What to do?

Contact your doctor if you feel unusually tired and if you often lose your breath. The doctor will refer you to the diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis of tricuspid valve disorders. They can also include X-rays and electrocardiogram (EKG).

Treatment

Treatment is not necessary if the disorder is mild. If the condition gets worse due to other disorders, as usual, it is necessary to start the treatment. The treatment of this disorder is usually similar to mitral stenosis treatment. If you have a severe form of this disorder, your doctor will advise you a surgery to replace the valve.