2 Symptoms of a Leaking Heart Valve | Heart Disease

2 Symptoms of a Leaking Heart Valve | Heart Disease


So, before we talk about what the symptoms
are for a leaky heart valve, let’s talk a little bit about what the heart valves are,
and what their function is in the heart. The heart valves are doors in the heart that
are supposed to open widely and let blood flow in one direction of the heart, and then
close tightly, without letting any back flow, or regurgitation, what we call leakiness in
the heart. Leaky heart valves are not uncommon. They can be caused by several things. Some are deteriorations over time, and people
with heart valves that were abnormal from birth, and others are things that are picked
up along the way, like infections that can attack the heart valve, or a buildup of atherosclerosis
that can cause calcification, or thickening of those heart valves. There are four main valves in the heart. For the most part, symptoms usually come when
one of the two left-sided heart valves have a problem. Your doctor is usually able to pick this up
when they listen to your heart with a stethoscope and hear what we call a murmur, or abnormal
heart sound. Once your doctor identifies the murmur, he
or she will send you for further imaging. Most often, we use cardiac ultrasound to take
a good picture of the heart and see how the valves are functioning. We have waves on the cardiac ultrasound to
tell us the heart valves are too leaky or too stiff and whether or not they’re functioning
well overall. When valves don’t function properly, they
can do one of two things. They can either be pretty tight, or stenotic,
or leaky, or regurgitant. Either one can lead to some symptoms. Those symptoms would be shortness of breath
when you exert yourself, or lower extremity swelling, or edema. Usually, they come on pretty gradually and
you would notice an increase of symptoms over time such as the lack of ability to walk up
a flight or two of stairs, something you might have been able to do just a few months or
a year before. The other thing would be increased swelling
in the legs. And you might notice at the end of a long
day that your legs are more swollen than they used to be. These are the two main signs of a leaky or
tight heart valve. For the most part, leaky heart valves show
up as an inability to exert yourself, shortness of breath, or swelling of your feet or legs. The main heart valves which can be leaky would
be the left-sided heart valves, which we call the aortic valve or the mitral valve. And that’s what you really need to know about
a leaky heart valve.

22 Comments

  1. Hi.My hubby had a heart valve replacement a year ago an now his feet swells.Can you please tell me what may be the cause.Thanks

  2. I have Aortic, Mitral, and Tricuspid Insufficiency, Diastolic Heart dysfunction, and HTN/High Blood Pressure. How can you tell which one is causing the symptoms? And is this very dangerous (having all 5 heart problems)?

  3. one of my heart valves are leaking and my doctor told me when I get older I wouldn't do much and and. he said i get tired to fast which is true so I can't really play my favorite sports

  4. I also have a leaky heart valve.Severe aortic regurgitation, moderate mitral and tricuspid regurgitation, mild pulmonary regurgitation, as well pulmonary hypertension ,mild aortic and mitral sclerosis and grade 1 left ventricular dysfunction..I'm on my way to heart failure and its very scary..my doctors suggest to have 2 valve replacement via open heart surgery..;( replacement

  5. I have a mild narrow jet with mild regurgatation but my 2 leaflet valves are opening and closing normaly but a tiny leak is this common.

  6. My legs swell and I wish I had had my heart monitored by a specialist. I’ll have a pfo closure next week to patch the leak

  7. I have a problem from childhood around when I was 7 years I have a pain in heart like tip tip for seconds after that it is not happen but when I do regular walk it's less but I felt dizziness now I m 28 years but sometime I have pain like tip tip I go for the doctor he said nothing but he said for ECG test would you please tell me which test should I do that I know the exact problem

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