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    bev79083 posted:
    I recently had an Echo done & the Tricuspid,Pulmonic are diseased and the venous is showing evidence of respirophasic changes(> 50%collapse) of the inferior vena cava. The mitral valve is thickened. I have had a stroke in 2008 & have 2 stents. My cardiologist doesn't seem to want to talk to me about this, so I'm hoping someone on here can help me with this. I have recently been having chest pains on the right side & told it could be from these diseased vessels. Please help.
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "My cardiologist doesn't seem to want to talk to me about this."

    This is outrageous and totally unacceptable. Find a new cardiologist ASAP, especially since you said that you had a brain attack (stroke) back in 2008 and two stents, and recently have been experiencing chest pains on the right side.

    "The Tricuspid, Pulmonic are diseased"

    "The mitral valve is thickened
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    In general, heart valves typically become regurgitive (leaks, a backflow of blood through the one way-only valve) or stenotic (narrowed, does not open properly, not as wide as it should).

    The narrowing of a valve occurs when the leaflets become rigid or thickened, typically due to calcification, reducing the opening through which the blood passes from one chamber to another.

    **An abnormality here, may/can cause serious problems.

    Inferior Vena Cava (IVC)

    A large vein that receives blood flow from the lower extemities, pelvis, and abdomen, and delivers it to the right atrium of the heart.

    http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10779


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    bev79083 responded:
    Sorry I didn't find my other post & can't get this deleted. Is there anything that can be done about this. I have switched cardiologist since I couldn't trust the first one & now I'm not sure about the new one. I live 85 miles away from the nearest cardiologist centers & don't know what to do now.
     
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    cardiostarusa1 replied to bev79083's response:
    "I have switched cardiologist since I couldn't trust the first one & now I'm not sure about the new one"

    Obviously this is not a good situation.

    "Is there anything that can be done about this?"

    Usually there is, from customized drug-therapy (to treat symptoms and to slow down the disease progression, be it valvular and/or arterial) to interventional procedures, catheter-based or surgical-based.

    ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Sometimes this requires being assertive.

    Take good care,

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    "Be a questioning patient. TALK to your DOCTOR and ASK QUESTIONS. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!"

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    It's your future......be there.

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