Pulmonary and Tricuspid Valve Disease

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Depending on the underlying cause of tricuspid valve disease, it is often asymptomatic and can be tolerated without surgical treatment. There are some medicines available to treat mild symptoms. When symptoms develop despite medical therapy and/or the heart valve disease progresses, an intervention is normally required.

The treatment for symptomatic tricuspid regurgitation (when the leaflets are normal but do not close tightly) is an annuloplasty. This is where a ring is sutured around the valve annulus so that the leaflets fit snugly together.  In cases where there is damage to the leaflets, a surgical replacement may be necessary.