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Heart Valves

I just went for a follow up at my Cardioligists' office yesterday, The PA told me that my Echogram results showed I only have 2 out of the 3 heart valves and was probably born that way. I am 56 and according to dye test ran at ER on 9/25/13 showed I had had a previous heart attack (time unknown) and current septal infarct with possible lateral infarct. After reading on heart valves, everything I have read says there are four valves. Any ideas on what he could be talking about? Thank you for your time.
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Dear dsweat,

You are right about the fact that there are four heart valves inside your heart. The statement that there are only 3 heart valves inside your heart is actually erroneous.
It is possible that he was referring to the number of cusps on your aortic valve. Everyone is born with three cusps but occasionally there may be fusion of two of the cusps leading to only 2 cusps. This is a congenital anomaly and needs to be followed by a cardiologist with regular echocardiogram.
I would recommend that you talk to your cardiologist and obtain clarification on this matter.
Hope that helps.
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