A paravalvular leak occurs in a small number of patients who have had valve replacement surgery. The leak happens in the space between the patient’s heart tissue and the valve replacement.
A Deborah physician may suspect a paravalvular leak if a patient has had heart valve replacement surgery and also has symptoms of heart failure. Symptoms include:
In some cases, a patient will experience hemolytic anemia, which requires frequent blood transfusions.
Echocardiography is used to diagnoses a paravalvular leak.
By participating in this quiz, or screening or health assessment, I recognize and accept all risks associated with it. I understand that the program will only screen for certain risk factors and does not constitute a complete physical exam. For the diagnosis of a medical problem, I must see a physician for a complete medical exam. I release Deborah Heart and Lung Center and any other organization(s) involved in this screening, and their employees and agents, from all liabilities, medical claims or expenses which may arise from my participation. Thank you for investing in your health by participating today.