Functional or secondary tricuspid regurgitation (STR) is the most frequent etiology of tricuspid valve pathology in Western countries. Surgical tricuspid repair has been avoided for years, because of the misconception that tricuspid regurgitation should disappear once the primary left-sided problem is treated; this results in a large number of untreated patients with STR. Over the past few years, many investigators have reported evidence in favor of a more aggressive surgical approach to STR. Consequently, interest has been growing in the physiopathology and treatment of STR. The purpose of this review is to explore the anatomical basis, pathophysiology, therapeutic approach, and future perspectives with regard to the management of STR.
- functional tricuspid regurgitation
- tricuspid valve
- valvular heart disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine