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Pulmonary Regurgitation

Also known as: PR, pulmonic regurgitation

What is Pulmonary Regurgitation?

The pulmonary valve controls the flow of blood from the heart out to the lungs. When this valve leaks, it allows blood to flow backward into the heart before it can travel to the lungs. This leak is known as pulmonary regurgitation.

What causes pulmonary regurgitation? 

Pulmonary regurgitation is often a complication of other heart problems, such as rheumatic fever, infective endocarditis, pulmonary hypertension and others.

What are the symptoms of pulmonary regurgitation? 

Early on, pulmonary regurgitation has no symptoms. As the condition progresses, fatigue, lightheadedness, fainting and chest pain can occur.

What are pulmonary regurgitation care options? 

Pulmonary regurgitation is often related to pulmonary hypertension, so medications that help with pulmonary hypertension will also improve the problems with the pulmonary valve. In some cases, surgery or a catheter procedure may be necessary to repair the valve or replace the pulmonary valve.

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