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.
- Q What drugs may be used to treat heart valve disease?
- Q Should I tell my dentist that I have valvular heart disease?
- Q How common is valvular heart disease?
- Q Are heart valve abnormalities birth defects?
- Q What is heart valve stenosis?
- Q What precautions are recommended for patients with diseased heart valves?