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Moderate to severe lead of triscupid valve

08/06/2007

Question:

I went through a whole batch of tests and after the right heart cathorization it was deemed I do not have pulmonary hypertension.  I do have a lead of the triscupid valve moderate to severe.  This has not been addressed.   Should it be?

Answer:

As long as a person doesn't have pulmonary hypertension or other valvular heart disease, a tricuspid leak (regurgitation) is generally benign and well tolerated.  Some patients develop symptoms, like throbbing pulsations in the neck.

Most cases of tricuspid leak do not require intervention or treatment.  Tricuspid leak becomes more serious if a patient also develops mitral stenosis.

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Response by:

Max C Reif, MD Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati