Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Symptoms Evaluation Treatment specialist Home Care taking control warning signs Prevention Complications Underlying Cause Anatomy

Tricuspid Insufficiency Overview

What is tricuspid insufficiency?
A person with tricuspid insufficiency has a leaky tricuspid valve in the heart. When the tricuspid valve opens, blood flows from the right atrium, into the right ventricle. A closed tricuspid valve prevents the backflow of blood from the right ventricle, into the right atrium. Tricuspid insufficiency results when the tricuspid valve does not completely close, due to scarring, thickening, or malformation of the valve. The leaking valve places stress on the heart. Severe tricuspid insufficiency can lead to congestive heart failure. About 9 out of 1,000 people in the US have tricuspid insufficiency.

What are the symptoms of tricuspid insufficiency?
Symptoms of tricuspid insufficiency may include palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath, and poor appetite. Symptoms of worsening tricuspid insufficiency include leg swelling, foot swelling (bilateral), arm swelling (bilateral), and abdominal swelling.

How does the doctor treat tricuspid insufficiency?
Mild tricuspid insufficiency may not require treatment. Treatment for moderate to severe tricuspid insufficiency may include medications for heart failure, blood thinner medication, and tricuspid valve replacement.

Continue to Tricuspid Insufficiency Incidence

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Tricuspid Insufficiency References
  1. Behm CZ, Nath J, Foster E. Clinical correlates and mortality of hemodynamically significant tricuspid regurgitation. J Heart Valve Dis. 2004 Sep;13(5):784-9. [15473480]
  2. Bernal JM, Gutierrez-Morlote J, Llorca J, San Jose JM, Morales D, Revuelta JM. Tricuspid valve repair: an old disease, a modern experience. Ann Thorac Surg. 2004 Dec;78(6):2069-74; discussion 2074-5. [15561038]
  3. Naschitz JE, Wolfson V, Tsikonova I, Keren D, Barmeir E, Yeshurun D. Pulsatile venous insufficiency in severe tricuspid regurgitation: does pulsatility protect against complications of venous disease? Angiology. 2000 Mar;51(3):231-9. [10744011]
  4. Roberts WC, Ko JM. Frequency by decades of unicuspid, bicuspid, and tricuspid aortic valves in adults having isolated aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis, with or without associated aortic regurgitation. Circulation. 2005 Feb 22;111(7):920-5. [15710758]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.