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Angelawoods I was diagnosed in 2003, got my icd in 2003 Find out more about Angelawoods
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    My brother just recently had a echo done for hcm. He had put it off for a year or so after my diagnoses. His results came in today. They told him that he had a leaky valve and blood was backing up into his heart. Now that is all they told him. He sees the cardiologist on Monday. My question is. Can you have a leaky valve with hcm?

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    Hi Angela,

    Yes many have mitral valve regurgitation or a leaky mitral valve. In fact any one of the valves of the heart can be damaged and blood can leak back. If his aortic valve is damaged , it may not shut properly and some of the blood that is supposed to exit the heart may be pushing back. Hcm hearts very often have problems with valves . Mitral valve is the most common with HCM due to high pressures in the heart caused by large gradient( obstruction) . A valve can also be damaged from viral infections, or bacterial infections. I am sure I am forgetting something and someone else will chime in . Tell your brother to get specific info and even ask the doctor to draw a diagram if necessary. We will be able to offer more info when you give us more info.

    I send my good wishes to you and your brother.

    Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
    Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
    Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
    SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
    [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
    Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
    Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
    Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin