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A 34-year-old member asked:

Will you have more symptoms as you age with heart valve disease?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Generally yes: With aging, other factors become superimposed such as onset of coronary disease, hypertension, and senescent changes in diastolic function. Moreover, the involved valve itself may gradually deteriorate. The net effect is often progressive worsening but this may not be noticed since people tend to slow down and do less activity as they age.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of a faulty heart valve?

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Several: Depending on what valve and the severity, the symptoms could be shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, and passing out. Also palpitations might occur.
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What is heart valve disease exactly?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
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There are many kinds: Heart valves are structures in the heart that open to let blood pass and then close, for example between beats, to keep blood moving in the right direction. There are many kinds of valve disease, including calcified, narrow or leaky valves. These problems are mostly mild and don't cause problems, but can cause chest pain, breathing trouble, or heart failure, and may need to be treated or fixed.
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How could heart valve disease be treated?

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Dr. Steven Shayani
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Depends On Condition: Depending on your heart valve disease condition, the following could be treatments for you: monitoring, medications, balloon valvotomy and/or surgery. Of course all treatments should have regular follow-ups with your doctor.
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What causes heart valve disease?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
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Multiple causes.: Stress, stretch, calcium deposition and degeneration all are factors that lead to disease in heart valves. Recurrent inflammation, rheumatic heart disease, infection on the valves themselves is other reasons. Heart conditions and other disorders, age-related changes, rheumatic fever, and infections can cause acquired heart valve disease. These factors change the shape or flexibility of once-normal.
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How is heart valve disease diagnosed?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Examination: Any disease, including heart valve disease needs a physician with expertise to take a full history and complete a thorough examination. This is helpful in the majority of the time to provide a diagnosis. Once completed, the physician can perform echocardiography (ultrasound) to assess the valves. Often a specialized ultrasound technique--transesophageal echocardiography may be needed.

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