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The heart consists of four chambers and four valves. The valves allow the flow of blood from one chamber to the other. As the heart muscle contracts, the valves open and shut, letting blood flow into the ventricles and atria at alternate times.
The heart consists of four chambers that receive blood from the body and pump out blood to it.
The heart also consists of four valves that prevent backward flow of blood (also called leaflets). Each valve has flaps, called leaflets, which allow forward flow of blood and prevent the backward flow.
Valves are flaps that act as one-way inlets for blood entering and leaving the chambers and ventricles.
What does it mean if my child has heart valve disease?
There are a number of problems that can happen with heart valves:
Heart valves can have both regurgitation and stenosis, and more than one heart valve can be affected at the same time. Heart valve malfunction is serious, hampering the heart’s ability to adequately pump blood. This can lead to heart failure.
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