Tricuspid Valve Disease
(Tricuspid Regurgitation; Tricuspid Stenosis)
- Tricuspid stenosis—narrowing of the tricuspid valve
- Tricuspid regurgitation—backflow of blood into the atrium from the ventricle due to improper closing of the tricuspid valve flaps
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- Difficulty breathing
- Fatigue, especially during physical activity
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal fullness
- Swelling in the legs or abdomen
- Changes in skin color
- Diuretics to promote the production of urine
- Vasodilators, which dilate blood vessels
- Treat strep throat infections right away to avoid rheumatic fever, which can cause scarring of the heart valve.
- If your valve problem was caused by rheumatic fever, talk to your doctor about antibiotic treatment to prevent future episodes.
- Most people with a tricuspid valve defect do not need to take antibiotics to prevent infections before dental or medical procedures. But, there are exceptions. Check with your doctor to see if your condition requires you take antibiotics.
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Diseases of the tricuspid valve. Texas Heart Institute website. Available at: http://www.texasheartinstitute.org/HIC/Topics/Cond/vtricus.cfm. Updated October 2013. Accessed August 18, 2014.
Premedication (antibiotics). American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/p/Premedication-or-Antibiotics.aspx. Accessed August 18, 2014.
Tricuspid valve disease. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/disorders/valve/tricuspid.aspx. Updated November 2012. Accessed August 18, 2014.
Tricuspid valve disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 13, 2014. Accessed August 18, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/18/2014 -
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