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What is the treatment for tricuspid regurgitation?

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Medicines may not be effective in treating tricuspid regurgitation. Diuretics, or water pills, can help relieve body swelling, or edema, that’s due to congestive heart failure. This swelling is not always present, however.

The tricuspid valve may be repaired during surgery to correct other leaky heart valves. Surgical repair of the tricuspid valve generally works better than replacing it. Surgery to replace the tricuspid valve by itself (not along with the mitral or aortic valve) is only recommended in rare cases.

From: Leaky Heart Valve WebMD Medical Reference

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Borgeson, D. 1996; vol 9: pp 832-837. Enriquez-Sarano, M. 2004; vol 351: pp 1539-1546. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, New England Journal of Medicine,

Otto, C. 2001; vol 345: pp 740-746. New England Journal of Medicine,

Bonow, R. , 2008; vol 118: pp e523-661. Circulation

Guenther, T. 2008; vol 34: pp 402-409. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery,

Lee, J. 2010; vol 74: pp 375-380. Circulation Journal,

Libby, P. 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine,

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

SOURCES:

Borgeson, D. 1996; vol 9: pp 832-837. Enriquez-Sarano, M. 2004; vol 351: pp 1539-1546. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, New England Journal of Medicine,

Otto, C. 2001; vol 345: pp 740-746. New England Journal of Medicine,

Bonow, R. , 2008; vol 118: pp e523-661. Circulation

Guenther, T. 2008; vol 34: pp 402-409. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery,

Lee, J. 2010; vol 74: pp 375-380. Circulation Journal,

Libby, P. 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine,

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

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