Listen as Dr. Aklog shares tricuspid valve disease symptoms.
You can understand the unique symptoms of tricuspid valve disease by understanding what the tricuspid valve does. Tricuspid valve is the valve, the inlet valve of the right side of the heart, that prevents the blood from going backwards, backing up into the body.
So again, the right side of the heart is the part of the heart that pumps the blood from the body to the lungs. So when the tricuspid valve leaks every time the heart beats, blood backs up into the body, into the tissues of the body. So the most common symptom of someone who has tricuspid valve disease, primarily leakage of the tricuspid valve, is edema or just buildup of fluid and blood in the body.
An edema most commonly occurs because of gravity in the lower parts of the body, so the legs, the ankles and the lower legs; that’s the most common symptom of tricuspid valve disease. The tricuspid valve disease can also cause abnormalities with the liver so because the blood is in the tissues are congested, the liver gets congested, and you can have abnormalities of liver function as a result of tricuspid valve leakage as well.
About Dr. Aklog, M.D.:
Dr. Lishan Aklog is the current Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Director of EmpowHer's Medical Advisory Board. Specializing in adult cardiac care, he graduated from Harvard College followed by Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aklog was a cardiothoracic resident at Brigham and Women’s/Boston Children’s Hospital, an Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and completed international fellowships in London, England and Paris, France.
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