St George Cardiology

Phone
02 9553 7277

Address
Suite 16 Level 4, 1 South St
Kogarah NSW 2217

Holroyd Heart Centre

Phone
02 8604 0933

Address
Suite 16 Level 4, 1 South St
Kogarah NSW 2217

Valvular Heart Disease


 

The heart has 4 separate cardiac valves. 

 

1. Aortic valve (three leaflets)

2. Mitral valve (two leaflets)

3. Tricuspid valve (two leaflets)

4. Pulmonary valve (three leaflets)

 

These valves function to keep blood moving in a forward direction. Two major problems may occur with cardiac valves. 

 

1. Narrowing or "stenosis"

2. Leakiness or "regurgitation"

 

 

Valve lesions are graded as trivial, mild, moderate and severe. Generally, severe valve lesions require treatment particularly if they are causing symptoms.