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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- History of rheumatic fever
- Sex: female—for tricuspid stenosis
- Difficulty breathing
- Sensation of rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Swelling in the legs or abdomen
- Heart murmur
- Irregular pulse or heartbeat
- Abnormal pulse in the jugular vein of the neck
- Swelling in the legs
- Drugs to control heart arrhythmias
- 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
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Diseases of the tricuspid valve. Texas Heart Institute website. Available at: http://www.texasheartinstitute.org/HIC/Topics/Cond/vtricus.cfm. Updated August 2012. Accessed March 14, 2013.
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Tricuspid valve disease. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/disorders/valve/tricuspid.aspx. Updated November 2012. Accessed March 14, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 03/14/2013 -