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Is a leaking mitral and/or tricuspid valve normal? 

Is it normal for the mitral and tricuspid valves to regurgitate? I had an aortic valve replacement in 2010. It’s now leaking and they didn’t replace my other two, so now I have 3 leaking. I’m just wondering if a leaking mitral valve and tricuspid valve is "normal"? 

submitted by Danny from Dayton, Ohio on 3/21/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Raymond F. Stainback, MD  

Raymond F. Stainback, MDThe heart valves often do not seal perfectly. Mild regurgitation which is usually of little clinical concern is often detected incidentally by echocardiography for the pulmonary, tricuspid and mitral valves. With larger leaks there may be concern, but you have not provided the severity of regurgitation. Your doctor can likely provide this additional information.    

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