Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation
Tricuspid valve regurgitation is much more common than tricuspid valve stenosis. In this situation, the tricuspid valve leaks and the malfunctioning valve allows blood to flow back from the right ventricle into your heart’s upper right chamber, the right atrium.
In many cases, patients might simply tolerate tricuspid valve regurgitation. However, occasionally the symptoms are too much, and a combination of severe ankle swelling, shortness of breath and lethargy requires corrective surgery by either tricuspid valve repair or replacement for the patient in question.
In some cases of mitral valve disease, a leaking tricuspid valve will need to be repaired at the same time.
Read on for more information about the causes of tricuspid regurgitation, and potential measures for tricuspid regurgitation treatment and tricuspid valve regurgitation surgery.
Causes of Tricuspid Regurgitation
There are many different possible causes of tricuspid regurgitation. Infections such as endocarditis or rheumatic fever cause damage to the tricuspid valve and can result in tricuspid valve regurgitation. Long standing mitral valve disease and atrial fibrillation can also result in tricuspid valve regurgitation.
A heart attack or heart failure can also be to blame for the causes of tricuspid regurgitation, alongside different types of heart disease, and even some use of certain medications. If you are concerned about potential causes of tricuspid regurgitation, it’s always best to speak to your doctor or a specialist.
Tricuspid Regurgitation Treatment London
There are a few options for tricuspid regurgitation treatment London, which will depend on the stage of the disease, and the health of the patient. Your doctor will decide which tricuspid regurgitation treatment London is best for you. Depending on the severity of the tricuspid regurgitation, your doctor may suggest tricuspid valve repair, tricuspid valve replacement, or minimally invasive valve surgery. The Keyhole London Heart Clinic specialises in the latter and would always suggest this option to patients who are applicable for such.
Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation Surgery
Tricuspid valve repair is performed by the insertion of a ring which reshapes the outer ring of the valve to allow the leaflets to seal properly, whereas replacement is when the valve is replaced with either a tissue based or mechanic valve.
Minimally invasive tricuspid valve regurgitation surgery London means that there is much less of a scar, much less pain or trauma, less blood loss, and a shorter recovery time. We would always recommend this option to patients for whom this type of surgery applies.
Do you have any questions about tricuspid regurgitation treatment London, tricuspid valve regurgitation surgery London or the causes of tricuspid regurgitation? Simply get in touch with The Keyhole Heart Clinic and a friendly member of our team will be able to help and advise you any way we can.