This project depicts tricuspid regurgitation (TR). It is a fabric stitched heart with a frontal plane cross sectional view. It shows some of the gross anatomy of the human heart. This includes right and left atrium, right and left ventricle, interventricular septum, tricuspid valve, chordae tendineae, mitral valve, superior and inferior vena cava, left pulmonary artery, aorta, left pulmonary veins and right pulmonary veins. Tricuspid valve regurgitation is a disease of the heart valve that causing it not to close properly. With the valve not closing properly the blood in the right ventricle will leak backwards into the right atrium. As depicted in the project, the tricuspid valve is not completely closed which would mimic the cause of TR.
This STEAM project’s goal was to gain a more in depth understanding of the heart’s anatomy and a common disease the heart valves can encounter; specifically, tricuspid valve regurgitation. There are two course objectives covered throughout, those being; to interpret the flow of blood through the heart, along with the structure and function of the heart. This is accomplished via a fabric stitched heart, demonstrating the heart’s anatomy, with accurate representation of heart structure and valve layout.