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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is heart valve disease a disability?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Depends: Heart valve abnormalities range from the trivial to the severely disabling. If the valve problem prevents the heart from putting out as much blood as you need to do the things you want to do, you'll know it, and hopefully have 21st century treatment available for you. Simply having an abnormal valve doesn't entitle anybody to any disability money. I wish you good luck and good health.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is heart valve disease exactly?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
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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A 38-year-old member asked:

How could heart valve disease be treated?

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Dr. Steven Shayani
Cardiology 34 years experience
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.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes heart valve disease?

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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is heart valve disease?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Valve problems: Your heart has valves that control flow between different parts. Different types of conditions can affect those valves, damage their structure and affect their function. When the valves don't work properly, it can put stress on the heart/body and lead to further problems key question to ask your docs, which valve, and what kind of disease is it.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How to care heart valve diseases?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Too broad: Your question is too broad to answer. Please restate with your actual concern.

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