Vomiting Blood?

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I want to ask, my brother is being treated at the hospital, it says if my brother has a leaky heart valve. But some time ago my sister kept vomiting blood. Is that related or what? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Inggritles12,

Leaking heart valve disease is a condition in which there is an abnormality in the heart valve, making it difficult for blood to flow to the next heart chamber or blood vessels, or instead turning to the previous heart chamber or blood vessels.

If your younger sibling has a leaky heart valve accompanied by other symptoms, first need to clarify whether the symptoms you mean are vomiting blood or coughing up blood?

If what is meant is coughing up blood, this condition is commonly experienced by sufferers of mitral stenosis type heart valve disorders (blockage of the mitral valve / valve that separates the left ventricle from the left ventricle). Normally the blood flows from the pulmonary veins to the left atrium and then passes through the mitral valve to the left ventricle. Due to the obstruction of the mitral valve, it is difficult for blood flow from the left atrium to enter the left ventricle, so that blood is blocked in the left atrium. This causes blood to flow back into the veins and capillaries of the lungs and triggers an increase in pressure within the blood vessels. The pressure that arises can cause the pulmonary blood vessels to burst, causing symptoms of coughing up blood in the sufferer.

On the other hand, if what your sister is experiencing is vomiting blood, then this condition is related to disorders of the digestive system and generally not related to heart valve disease. There are various medical conditions that can cause symptoms of vomiting of blood, including stomach ulcers (injury to the stomach wall), esophageal varices (enlarged blood vessels in the esophagus), acid reflux disease, blood disorders, throat cancer, or stomach cancer. Vomiting blood is generally caused by serious conditions so it needs to be treated immediately.

We recommend that you consult the doctor who treats your younger sibling about the complaints you are experiencing so that you can find out the cause. Don't hesitate to discuss with your doctor so that your family can get adequate information about your brother's condition, its causes, and how to handle it properly.

Related information can be read on the following page:

Heart valve disease
Cause coughing up blood
Vomiting blood

May be useful,

dr. Muliani Sukiman

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