The Leaky Valve

When a heart valve doesn't work right, you are likely to suffer from heart valve disease. This means, the valve may not open all the way or may have problems closing. A healthy valve should open to let blood through and closes to stop blood from flowing backward. When problems occur either in the opening or closing of the mitral valve, the heart will have to work double to pump the same amount of blood. The mitral valve is the "inflow valve" for the main pumping chamber of the heart, the left ventricle.

In the past decades, surgeons treat this through mitral valve replacement. They perform a mitral valve surgery and remove the diseased valve and replace it by implanting an artificial valve. Although there is a high risk of complications, patients had no other choice. Nowadays, surgeons have developed a technique in treating this disease. Instead of replacing the valve, they repair it.

Mitral valve repair has many advantages. Compared to valve replacement, valve repair provides better long-term survival, lower risk of stroke and infection, better preservation of heart function and there will be no need for blood thinners.


Jok3r said...

I always prefer to change part than repair those small part in electronic devices.. but i'm always critical of this method when it got to do with our human body. There is always more complication when you take out a human part with a human-made part. So I'm glad that a way have been found to repair instead of replacing part of one of the most important organ in our body.

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I just hope that I never have to fix anything like this. Hopefully good nutrition and exercise will keep me together. Interesting.

Jean9 said...

Good post. I have mitral valve prolapse, till now it has not been a problem for me and hopefully that will remain the case. I have my heart measured every 2 years and its not changing. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hear you when you say you used to do needlecrafts but since blogging they have gone by the wayside! My jewelry production has taken a back seat to blogging as well!

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