Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How is an Enlarged Heart Valve Treated?

Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 11:00 AM


Question: When a person has an enlarged heart valve, is there any treatment that can help? I have a family member with this condition.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Heart valves function as check points to prevent the backflow of blood. They ensure that blood flows from the heart to the lungs (to be oxygenated), then is returned to be pumped out to our brains and the rest of our bodies.

If a valve is damaged, it may leak and allow backflow, a condition that often requires intervention if this advances. A thickened heart valve may still be functional, but when it leaks — causing backflow or an improper seal — it may also need attention. Sometimes heart valve problems can even be corrected without replacement.



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