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My father, a 53 year old male, was recently informed that he has a 3rd degree aortic plug and hypokinetic tricuspid valve. There is not any heart disease in his family; he is a somewhat healthy man, drinks occasionally, not very active though. I think stress may be a huge factor; he tends to "keep it all in". Is this something, that along with some lifestyle changes, could be managed medically, or would surgery be necessary?


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replied November 15th, 2008
Vascular and Circulatory Disorders Answer A4888
Current medical status: third degree aortic plug with kypokinetic tricuspid valve


Current medical treatment: see above





An aortic plug, in your father’s case, is probably the result of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a kind of metabolic disorder where cholesterol is accumulating in the arteries’ walls by forming atherosclerotic plaques. Atherosclerotic plaques can also be formed on the heart valves’ surface. Atherosclerosis is supported by several risk factors including stress. Your father should also take care of his blood pressure, blood cholesterol and triglycerides, blood sugar, smoking, weight, physical activity, etc.








An aortic plug usually don't disappear by taking medicines but medicines can prevent enlarging and creating of new aortic plugs. An aortic plug can be removed only with surgery.





You should consult a cardiologist and cardiosurgeon about the necessity of performing surgery.











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