Science Questions

Could a leaky heart valve be fatal?

Sat, 31st Mar 2007

Part of the show Heart Disease and Repairing the Damaged Heart

Question

Christine in Newmarket asked:

Could a leaky heart valve be fatal?

Answer

There are a wide range of leakiness of different heart valves.  A mild degree of leakiness of particular heart valves is not always necessarily sinister, but if someone has a very leaky heart valve left untreated it could be fatal.  If you have been told that you have leaky heart valve, it's worth asking about how leaky it is and what can be done about it.

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