Aortic Regurgitation

What is aortic regurgitation or insufficiency? The heart has 4 heart valves. These work like doors or gates which open and close in a perfectly coordinated fashion to allow proper flow of blood in the heart. The aortic valve is an outlet valve which directs blood out of the heart when it contracts. Regurgitation (aka insufficiency) is the medical term for abnormal backflow or back leak. Thus aortic regurgitation is like having a door that doesn’t close properly. When this … Continued

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Pulmonary regurgitation and Percutaneous Pulmonary Valve Implantation (PPVI)

What is pulmonary regurgitation? The pulmonary valve is one of the four important heart valves which acts like a door to direct blood flow out of the right heart when it contracts and allows this blood to flow effectively into the lungs. When the pulmonary valve fails, some blood flows backwards into the right heart leading to dilation of the right heart and eventually right heart failure. This can lead to worsening fatigue, shortness of breath or leg edema. Many … Continued

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TRANSCRANIAL DOPPLER (TCD) BUBBLE STUDY

What is Transcranial Doppler (TCD) Bubble Study? A Transcranial Doppler (TCD) bubble study is a medical diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound to examine the blood flow in the arteries and veins within the brain. After injecting a small amount of bubbles into a vein in the arm, an ultrasound probe (positioned on the head) utilizes sound waves to detect the presence of these bubbles traversing the brain arteries. Normally, these injected bubbles are trapped within the lung and do not … Continued

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Triclip (Vietnamese)

Rò rỉ van ba lá là một tình trạng khi van ba lá trong tim không đóng lại một cách chính xác, khiến máu trôi ngược vào ngăn đầu bên phải của tim. Điều này có thể do nhiều tình trạng tim mạch khác nhau và có thể gây ra các triệu chứng như mệt mỏi và tích tụ nước. Triclip là một phương pháp điều trị hở van ba lá. Đây là một phẫu thuật không cần phải mở … Continued

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Triclip (Bahasa)

Kebocoran katup trikuspid adalah suatu kondisi ketika katup trikuspid pada jantung tidak menutup dengan benar sehingga menyebabkan darah mengalir kembali ke kompartemen kepala kanan jantung. Hal ini dapat disebabkan oleh berbagai kondisi kardiovaskular dan dapat menyebabkan gejala seperti kelelahan dan penumpukan air. Triclip adalah pengobatan pembukaan katup trikuspid. Ini adalah operasi yang tidak memerlukan pembukaan dada, biasanya dilakukan melalui catheter yang dimasukkan melalui tabung pembuluh darah ke katup trikuspid. Alat Triclip kemudian digunakan untuk “menjepit” daun katup trikuspid sehingga mengurangi … Continued

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Triclip

Untuk membaca dalam Bahasa Đọc thêm bằng tiếng Việt  The triclip is a percutaneous treatment ( non surgical) for severe tricuspid valve regurgitation (leaking) . The tricuspid valve leaks when the leaflets of the valve are unable to contact or close tightly. This clip works by grasping the leaflets together and tightening the valve thus enabling better closure and reducing the leakage The procedure is done under general anesthesia with transesophageal echocardiographic guidance ( ultrasound) A tube is first placed … Continued

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Mitraclip (Device Used To Treat Mitral Valves Regurgitation)

MitraClip is a medical device used to treat a heart condition called mitral regurgitation. It’s a minimally invasive procedure where a small clip is attached to the mitral valve in the heart to help it close properly. This can improve the heart’s function and reduce symptoms like shortness of breath. It’s often used for patients who are not good candidates for traditional open-heart surgery.   How Mitraclip Is Done * Preparation: The patient is usually given anesthesia to make them … Continued

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VALVE IN VALVE PROCEDURE AND PARAVALVULAR LEAKS

Valve in valve procedure and paravalvular leaks

Valve in valve procedure and paravalvular leaks Bioprosthetic heart valves, despite best attempts at tissue treatment will suffer from degeneration. This can occur due to structural deterioration of the valve leaflets (e.g. calcium accumulation and scar formation leading to immobile and obstructive to the blood flow or perforation and tears leading to severe leakage). Occasionally, deterioration can occur when holes, gaps or slits occur outside the surgical valve due to disruption of previously placed sutures The traditional option was to … Continued

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TRICUSPID VALVE REGURGITATION

Tricuspid valve regurgitation

The tricuspid valve is a valve located between the right upper and right lower chambers of the heart. This valve controls the flow of blood in a single direction. Tricuspid regurgitation occurs when the valve does not close well. In essence the valve cannot seal tightly enough resulting in a backflow of blood in the opposite direction. This results in a significant amount of blood volume re-entering the right atrium and raises the pressures in the chamber. When this happens … Continued

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RIGHT HEART CATHETERIZATION

Right heart catheterization

This is a procedure that is used to assess pressure and oxygen levels in the heart. A very small flexible catheter with a balloon tipped flotation catheter is introduced via the vein the right thigh. This balloon floats and travels with blood flow and together with some control externally would arrive at the various chambers on the heart. This is monitored using X -ray (fluoroscopy). This procedure is indicated for a variety of situations: Studying the function of the heart … Continued

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