Valve calcification

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Warrick

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I have calcification of my anterior mitral valve leaflet and trace regurgitaion of all my valves including my mechanical but this is pretty normal as I understand it.
I believe leaflet calcification is degenerative so once calcification starts it slowly works away over the years to potentially the point of failure, which is what I am expecting to happen eventually.
 

nobog

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That means that the leaflets are not opening as they should and you will have a high(er) pressure drop which results in a lower EOA (effectve orifice area). Your heart is working harder.
 

Mister_James

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Yes Stenosis is reduced opening because the cusps or chordae are thickened or calcified. So the atrium works harder to push blood across. You have higher velocities across the valves.

Regurgitation is back flow of blood and it is related to cusps not closing completely.
 

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