Tricuspid Regurgitation

What is Tricuspid Regurgitation?

Tricuspid regurgitation is the result of the tricuspid valve leaflets not closing all the way. It is a common condition (found in up to 70% of adults) that may not cause any recognizable symptoms. Normally, blood flows from the right atrium through the tricuspid valve and into the right ventricle. But when the valve does not close properly, blood can flow back up into the right atrium and you may experience symptoms of heart failure

Risk Factors

  • History of heart infections (such as rheumatic fever)
  • Heart defects from birth 
  • History of Marfan syndrome 

Symptoms

  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Sensation of pulse in neck or abdomen 

Diagnosis and Tests

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Chest x-ray 
  • Echocardiogram 

Treatments

  • Medical management with diuretics 
  • Aortic valve replacement surgery