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The pulmonary valve directs blood flow from the right lower chamber (right ventricle) into the main pulmonary artery, which splits into two arteries so that the blood from the body can get to both lungs. Pulmonary valve disease is a condition in which the pulmonary valve doesn't function properly.
The following congenital heart conditions most commonly affect the pulmonary valve.
Children and adults with these conditions have narrowed pulmonary valves and may need surgery for placement of a right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) pulmonary conduit or surgical valve. A pulmonary conduit is a tube that connects the heart to the lungs.
A Narrowed Conduit (Stenosis)
A Leaky Conduit (Regurgitation)
Over time, mineral deposits (calcification) may build up on the conduit or surgical valve, and it may become narrowed and/or leaky. This may happen as you outgrow the conduit or surgical valve, as they wear out from the pressures of pumping blood, or from calcium build up.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your heart doctor. Regular check-ups and testing can help determine how your pulmonary valve conduit is working.
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Describes heart functions, congenital heart defects and heart conditions, diagnostic tests and equipment, surgical procedures and medication, and how to prepare for hospitalization.
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