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Pulmonary Valve Disease
Pulmonary Valve Disease

What is pulmonary valve disease?

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).

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What are the symptoms of pulmonary valve disease?

The symptoms associated with pulmonary valve disease may include: fatigue, increased shortness of breath on effort, chest pain and loss of consciousness.

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What assessment do I need if I have pulmonary valve disease?

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.

What are the treatments for pulmonary valve disease?

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.

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