What is it?

Tricuspid valve regurgitation is a type of heart valve disease in which the valve between the two right heart chambers (right ventricle and right atrium) doesn't close properly. As a result, blood leaks backward into the upper right chamber (right atrium). Rheumatic tricuspid insufficiency is complication of untreated strep throat causing Rheumatic fever and can damage the tricuspid valve and other heart valves, causing valve regurgitation later in life.

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Signs & symptoms

Tricuspid valve regurgitation often doesn't cause signs or symptoms until the condition is severe. The condition may be discovered when tests are done for other reasons.
Signs and symptoms of tricuspid valve regurgitation may include:
* Fatigue
* Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
* Pulsing in the neck
* Shortness of breath with activity
* Swelling in the belly area (abdomen), legs or neck veins


Tricuspid valve regurgitation can occur silently. In children, the condition may not be diagnosed until adulthood. Tricuspid valve regurgitation may be discovered when imaging tests of the heart are done for other reasons.


Treatment for tricuspid valve regurgitation depends on the cause and severity of the condition. The goals of treatment are to:
* Reduce signs and symptoms
* Prevent complications
* Improve quality of life

If you have mild tricuspid valve regurgitation, you may not need regular follow-ups. For more severe regurgitation you may need regular appointments to monitor your condition.
If tricuspid valve disease is due to an underlying condition or congenital heart defect, you may need medications, a catheter procedure, or surgery to repair or replace the valve.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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