Can you live with leaky heart valves?
A leaky valve doesn’t close the way it should, allowing some blood to flow backward into the left atrium. If left untreated, a leaky valve could lead to heart failure. Left untreated, severe mitral valve regurgitation can cause heart failure or heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
Is a leaky heart valve painful?
A. Leaky heart valves do not cause pain directly, but they may result in additional disease of the heart that can cause chest pain. There are, however, many causes of shortness of breath and chest pain. Mitral-valve prolapse is perhaps the most well known of the heart-valve disorders.
What does leaky heart valve mean?
ANSWER. Any of your four heart valves can become leaky. This means that just after the heart squeezes and pumps blood forward, some blood will leak backward through the valve. Leaking through the valve is also called valve regurgitation.
Can leaky heart valve cause death?
Heart valve problems may develop suddenly or over time. With heart valve disease, the heart has to work harder and may not be able to pump as well. As a result, many people report being short of breath. If heart valve disease isn’t treated, it can lead to heart failure, stroke or sudden cardiac death.