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Old 07-11-2001, 02:25 PM   #1
Dan K
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BP and heart valves

I am a 35 year old male recently diagnosed with borderline HBP. Had an Echo done as well which revealed a mild leaky tricuspid valve. Is BP related in any way to heart valve damage? Please advise. Thanks, Dan K

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Old 07-14-2001, 07:59 AM   #2
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Re: BP and heart valves

Hi, I've never heard of tricuspid valve regurgitation as being a cause for high BP. The effects of this valve disorder is typically an increase in right atrium pressure which can cause it to enlarge and the pressure gets transmitted to the veins. This can create resistance in blood flow from the body to the heart. But since the veins are so low pressure to begin with and since BP is measured from the arteries, I can't imagine that this is related to your high BP.

One last thing, all of the above sounds pretty scary. Unless your doc says otherwise, you, like millions of others with similar valve defects, have nothing to worry about. Hope this helps!

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