What You Need to Know About Tricuspid Regurgitation
The symptoms of tricuspid regurgitation a person experiences depend on how severely and quickly the condition develops. Most often, the condition is mild, and symptoms develop slowly. Since indications may not appear for many years, some people are completely unaware that they have tricuspid regurgitation.
If sign and symptoms do occur, they can include:
- Heart arrhythmias
- Heart failure
- Swelling in the legs and ankles.
Doctors diagnose this condition based on the patient's symptoms, a physical exam, and certain tests and procedures. The tests to diagnose tricuspid regurgitation can include:
- Chest x-ray
- Cardiac catheterization.
The treatment the doctor recommends for tricuspid regurgitation will depend on:
- How severe the condition is
- How quickly it has progressed
- The patient's general health.
Usually, tricuspid regurgitation requires little or no treatment. The doctor will treat any conditions that arise as a result, such as atrial fibrillation. In more severe cases, surgery to repair or replace the tricuspid valve may be necessary.