The pulmonary valve controls blood flow from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery to allow deoxygenated blood to be oxygenated by the lungs. It can become narrowed (stenosis) or start to leak (regurgitation). The condition reduces the amount of blood which can leave the heart to be oxygenated. Pulmonary Valve Disease is often congenital (there from birth).
Pulmonary Valve Disease is often picked up in childhood but can remain undetected until later life. It may be picked up in routine examination through heart sounds by your doctor but will require formal diagnosis by echocardiogram to assess function, structure and severity of narrowing. CT and MRI may also be requested to assist with the diagnosis.
Treatment depends on the severity of the problem and will include medication to control the underlying cause or pulmonary valve repair or replacement. In mild cases, no treatment may be necessary, however regular checks will be required to monitor any change.
We believe the best cardiac care can only be achieved by the best cardiologists in their fields, working together, for you and your heart. Our consultants are able to offer appointments throughout the week and at weekends.