A properly functioning pulmonary valve does not leak much, and it keeps the blood flowing in one direction - from the heart’s lower right pumping chamber (the right ventricle) into the major vessel (pulmonary artery) that connects to the lungs. Defects in the valve, or previous surgical repairs, may cause the valve to leak blood back into the right ventricle.
Andrew T Ho, MD
Location and Office HoursRiverside Cardiology Associates
Riverside, CA 92501
- Anthem Blue Cross of California
- Blue Shield of California
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Health Net
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons
- United Healthcare, California
- Inland Valley Medical Center
- Loma Linda University Medical Center, East Campus
- Riverside Community Hospital
What is a leaky pulmonary valve?
What are the signs of heart valve disease (valvular heart disease)?
During physical examination for valvular heart disease, physicians will screen for the following:
- Heart murmurs (abnormal heart sounds caused by abnormal blood flow)
- Fluid in the lungs
- Enlarged heart size on examination of the chest
- Distended neck veins
- Swollen liver
- Abnormal heart rate or rhythm
What is it called when my heart valve leaks and does not close properly?
Regurgitation is the term for a heart valve that leaks and does not close all the way. Blood leaks back through the heart valve after it closes. When the valve regurgitates, the supply of oxygen-rich blood moving through the heart is reduced, which can cause a person to feel fatigued or out of breath. Some valve conditions can be life-threatening so proper treatment is key. Staying healthy and active requires good circulation of oxygen-rich blood. Heart valves play a critical role in this process.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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