Tricuspid ValveDisease


Tricuspid valve disease occurs when the valve that separates the upper and lower chambers on the right side of your heart malfunctions. 

There are 3 types of tricuspid valve disease:

  • Tricuspid atresia – a life-threatening congenital heart defect where tissue blocks the flow of blood between the upper and lower chambers of your heart on the right side. Doctors correct it with surgery. 
  • Tricuspid regurgitation – occurs when the valve doesn’t close tightly, allowing blood to leak back into your heart’s upper right chamber.
  • Tricuspid stenosis – occurs when the valve’s flaps get stiff and narrow, restricting blood flow. It enlarges the heart and keeps the lower right chamber from getting enough blood. It’s most often caused by rheumatic fever.


Symptoms of tricuspid valve disease include:

  • A heart murmur
  • An irregular or rapid heart beat
  • Fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath when you’re active
  • Weakness
Tricuspid regurgitation can also make your ankles, feet and abdomen swell, while tricuspid stenosis can make your skin feel cold or cause abdominal pain.


If you have symptoms of tricuspid valve disease, talk with your Aurora Health Care doctor. He or she will perform a physical exam and diagnostic tests that may include:

Services & Treatment

If you’re diagnosed with tricuspid valve disease, your doctor will work with you on a treatment plan tailored to your needs. It may include regular monitoring, as well as: 

  • Medications to minimize your symptoms
  • Valve repair surgery to correct severe regurgitation or stenosis
  • Valve replacement surgery

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