Pulmonary and Tricuspid Valve Disease

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Depending on the underlying cause of the tricuspid or pulmonic 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 most common treatment for pulmonic valve disease is a surgical replacement or repair.  Often this involves the insertion of tubes which serve as conduits for blood flow. There is also a transcatheter option in which a metal stent is guided to the heart through a catheter and expanded by inflation of a balloon.

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.