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Can a person have only 2 heart valves?
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Can a person have only 2 heart valves?

Is it possible for a person to lead a normal life with only two heart valves?  A relative to my children told them that she only had 2 heart valves instead of 4 and should never be subjected to any extra stress.  Up until this comment was made she had lead a normal life.  Is this possible?
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Dear goldberry,
I guess it would depend on which two.  If you had a aortic and mitral valve then you would have the most important valves covered.  However, you would probably eventually get right sided heart heart failure.  If you did not have a mitral or aortic valve you time without symptoms would be brief (<1 year after you were born).
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