Dr. Aklog shares the causes of tricuspid valve disease.
So interestingly, the tricuspid valve most commonly malfunctions, not on its own, but as a result secondarily to another valve in the heart that’s abnormal or another problem with the heart. So patients who have aortic valve disease or mitral valve disease, the blood backs up through the lungs and can cause a tricuspid valve to also leak because of the extra pressure and blood volume in the heart, and so it’s really most commonly secondary to other valve problems.
However, there are some patients where the tricuspid valve itself can be diseased, and the most common example of that would be an infection involving the valve or a portion of the valve is destroyed and starts to leak.
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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