First In Vitro Study Of Tricuspid Valve Mechanics Uncovers Causes For Leakage, Georgia Tech and Emory University Study  
8/15/2011 8:10:19 AM

A new study into the causes of leakage in one of the heart's most complex valve structures could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of the condition. An estimated 1.6 million Americans suffer moderate to severe leakage through their tricuspid valve, a complex structure that closes off the heart's right ventricle from the right atrium. Most people have at least some leakage in the valve, but what causes the problem is not well understood.