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My Tetralogy of Fallot was corrected. Should I now have my pulmonary valve replaced? 

Correction of Tetralogy of Fallot, s/p repair now has moderate-to-severe pulmonary regurgitation. Left ventricular ejection fraction is 65% and right ventricular ejection fraction is 54%. I'm starting to present with symptoms such as chest pressure and shortness of breath which isn't every day. The question is, is it getting closer to replace the valve or do I still have time? Are those number saying "heart failure"? Not sure if I should give my doctor a call.

submitted by Nicole from New York on 3/20/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Roberto Lufschanowski, MD  

Roberto Lufschanowski, MDDear Nicole: The ejection fraction numbers are very good, but if your symptoms increase, it is worth checking with your cardiologist.   

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