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Leaky Heart Valve and Older Adults

Home Health Care Bear DE

Home Health Care Bear DE

Home Health Care Bear DELeaky heart valve occurs when blood leaks backward through the valve after the heart squeezes and pumps blood. This can be a difficult problem to diagnose and often goes unnoticed. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatment options available to take care of this problem. But getting diagnosed early is the key to receiving a treatment that will fix the problem. Waiting too long to get this treatment could be extremely dangerous to your loved one’s health.

With the help of a home health care provider and the following information, your loved one will be able to keep their heart and its valves healthy and working properly.


There are several physical symptoms to be on the lookout for when it comes to a leaky heart valve. Your loved one may experience:

Rapid heartbeat
Feeling lightheaded
Heart fluttering or palpitations

If your loved one has experienced the previous symptoms, you may be wondering what could cause it to occur. Some common causes include:

High blood pressure or hypertension
A valve that has two flaps instead of the normal three, also known as a bicuspid aortic valve
Endocarditis, or an infection of the heart valve
Marfan syndrome
Rheumatic heart disease

If the elder has leaky heart valve and mitral regurgitation, it may have been caused by:

Cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart, as the result of hypertension or coronary heart disease
Rheumatic heart disease
Mitral valve prolapse, or an improper closing of the valve

Elders who have the following factors are at a high risk of developing pulmonary regurgitation and leaky heart valve.

High blood pressure in the pulmonary artery
Undergoing surgery as a child to repair a severe heart defect

A leaky heart valve can usually be diagnosed by having the doctor do the following:

Having a heart ultrasound conducted, also known as an echocardiogram
Using a stethoscope to listen to the heart for unusual sounds, like a heart murmur

A leaky heart valve can be a scary condition to watch your loved one endure. Fortunately, there are several treatment options that are available to your loved one if this is a condition they develop. With this information, your aging parent should be more prepared for how to cope with the disease. Keep in mind that it is important they have plenty of support and care during this difficult time in their life. Consider hiring a home health care provider to care for them and offer the encouragement and support they need.

Source:  http://www.webmd.com/heart/leaky-heart-valve-symptoms-causes-treatments#1

If you or an aging loved one are thinking about hiring help for Home Health Care Services in Bear DE, please contact the caring staff at Macklyn Home Care. Call today! 302-691-3217.

Krista Gaul, Executive Director

Executive Director at Macklyn Home Care
Krista is the Executive Director at Macklyn Home Care. At Macklyn Home Care, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care to individuals who wish to remain independent in their own home; and community for as long as possible.

You can trust us to deliver an uncompromising level of personal care with gentleness and compassion. We’re there when you need us! Whether it’s for just ONE HOUR a day or 24/7. Just give us a call and we will be there.
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