Tricuspid valve disease is damage to a valve in the heart. This valve sits between the upper and lower chambers on the right side of the heart. It helps to control the flow of blood from the body to the lungs. This valve has 3 flaps that control the direction and flow of blood.
The two main types of tricuspid valve disease are:
Tricuspid stenosis—narrowing of the tricuspid valve
Tricuspid regurgitation—flaps do not close tightly and let blood flow backward
Treatment will depend on how severe the damage is. Mild disease may not need immediate treatment. The care team will carefully watch for any changes. Sever changes and symptoms will need treatment. Options may include:
Medicine may help to treat symptoms. Options include:
Diuretics—to control fluid build up
Vasodilators—to open blood vessels and ease blood pressure
Surgery may be needed for severe symptoms. The valve may be repaired or replaced.
Tricuspid valve disease itself cannot be prevented. Strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever. Treating the infection early may lower your risk of complications.
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