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A faulty heart valve can progress gradually or suddenly. You may have no symptoms until it's an emergency. If you repeatedly feel lightheaded, or have shortness of breath or chest pain, see your doctor as soon as possible. Let us help with a fast, accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
The heart is a pump made of muscle tissue. The heart has four pumping chambers: two upper chambers, called atria, and two lower chambers, called ventricles. To keep the blood flowing forward during its journey through the heart, there are valves between each of the heart's pumping chambers:
• Tricuspid valve: located between the right atrium and the right ventricle
• Pulmonary valve: located between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery
• Mitral valve: located between the left atrium and the left ventricle
• Aortic valve: located between the left ventricle and the aorta
Conditions that may cause heart valve dysfunction are valve stenosis (stiffness) and valve regurgitation (leaky valve).