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Endocarditis

Endocarditis is an inflammation or infection of the inner surface of the heart (the endocardium). It occurs when bacteria enter the bloodstream and attach to a damaged portion of the endocardium or abnormal heart valves. But it may also develop on devices implanted in the heart, such as artificial heart valves, pacemakers, or implantable defibrillators. […]

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Valve Repair

Though valve replacement surgery is very common, your doctors will always prefer to repair your natural valve before replacing it. When the outflow valves (aortic and pulmonary) are not functioning properly, a balloon catheter can sometimes be used to restore more normal function. This is called valvuloplasty, just like angioplasty is used to open coronary […]

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Valve Replacement

Heart valves damaged beyond simple repair can often be replaced. The most commonly replaced valves are the aortic and mitral valves. When either of these valves exhibit advanced stenosis, they may be candidates for replacement. Some replacement valves are implanted using a balloon catheter, much like coronary angioplasty. When the mitral valve is too loose […]

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Valve Stenosis

Stenosis literally means narrowing. When heart valves are stenotic, they do not fully open and the passageway for blood flow is narrowed. And sometimes valves with stenosis do not close properly, allowing blood to flow backwards (regurgitate). Stenotic heart valves cause the heart to work harder, trying to pump blood through a smaller opening. Stenosis […]

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