A narrowed tricuspid valve that may require surgery

Tricuspid stenosis, also known as tricuspid valve stenosis, occurs when the heart’s tricuspid valve becomes narrowed, decreasing blood flow. Our structural heart and valvular disease program cares for patients with tricuspid stenosis and other forms of heart valve disease. Without proper treatment, this condition can lead to weakened heart muscle, as well as less oxygen circulating with the blood throughout the body.

You may be at greater risk for this condition if you’ve been diagnosed with endocarditis (an infection of the heart) or rheumatic fever (a rare complication of untreated strep throat). Tricuspid stenosis also can be caused by heart conditions present at birth or tumors in the heart.

Most people with this condition have only mild symptoms. You may notice fluttering heartbeats, cold skin or fatigue.

Tests

In addition to listening for a particular type of heart murmur, your doctor will order an echocardiogram to see the extent of the valve’s narrowing. You also may need additional tests to determine the extent of your condition.

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and vascular conditions by guiding thin, flexible tubes called catheters through blood vessels to problem areas.

Chest X-ray

Chest X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the structures inside the chest, including the lungs, heart, and chest wall.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your heart.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG, measures the heart’s electrical activity.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as cardiac MRI, is a combination of radio waves, magnets, and computer technology to create images of your heart and blood vessels.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

Transesophageal echocardiogram allows us to take very detailed images of your heart structure from a probe in your esophagus.

Treatments

Your doctor may recommend medications and lifestyle changes to improve the flow of blood through your tricuspid valve. If your condition is severe, you may need surgery to repair or replace the narrowed valve.

Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement

Transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement is a non-surgical procedure to replace a damaged tricuspid valve.

Tricuspid Valve Surgery

Tricuspid valve surgery includes repair or replacement of a damaged valve using traditional or minimally invasive methods.

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