Causes and Diagnoses

Causes and Diagnoses of Tricuspid Valve Disease

Tricuspid valve disease can be diagnosed with a noninvasive echocardiogram (ECHO), which uses high-frequency sound waves to create a moving picture of your heart chambers, heart valves and major blood vessels located near the heart.

Tricuspid stenosis

Tricuspid stenosis is most often caused by rheumatic fever, an inflammatory disease that may develop after an infection with Streptococcus bacteria, such as strep throat or scarlet fever. It usually takes two or more years after the rheumatic episode for the thickened valve to develop. Most patients do not have symptoms for 16 to 20 years after an episode of rheumatic fever.

Tricuspid valve insufficiency/regurgitation

Tricuspid valve insufficiency/regurgitation can have several causes, including:

  • Hypertension of the pulmonary circulation
  • Trauma
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Carcinoid (slow-growing tumor)
  • Tricuspid valve prolapse
  • Congenital causes (present at birth)

Tests

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

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To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

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To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

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Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials: