Tricuspid Valve Disease

Dr. Alrich L. Gray // Central Montana Heart & Vascular Institute

Tricuspid Valve Disease

The tricuspid valve is located between the right upper chamber of your heart (right atrium) and right lower chamber of your heart (right ventricle). Tricuspid valve disease refers to any abnormality of the tricuspid valve. Symptoms of tricuspid valve disease include:

  • abnormal heart sound (heart murmur) heard through a stethoscope
  • shortness of breath, especially when lying down on your back or during exercise
  • fatigue
  • lightheadedness
  • pulsing in your neck
  • swelling in your abdomen or legs

There are several treatment options for tricuspid valve diseases. Your doctor may prescribe medications that help fix the structure of the valve. Your doctor may also perform a balloon valvuloplasty, where he will insert a balloon into the valve and inflate the balloon to open the valve, allowing more effective blood flow.