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Heart Valve Disease
A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more
Various: There are 4 valves in the heart which keep the blood moving in one direction. These valves can either leak or become narrowed. This may be the result of a valve which is structurally abnormal at birth or a valve which is damaged from infection, heart attack, rheumatic fever, or other illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually Elderly : Usually patients 75 years of age and older are more likely to get heart valve disease. Patients with a history of infective endocarditis, heart attacks, heart failure and/or rheumatic fever are also or more likely to develop heart valve disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Any structural abnormality causing dysfunction of one or more of the valves in the heart. This may produce an obstruction to blood flow, a leakage of blood back across the valve or a combination of both. These issues can often be managed medically for a time but may eventually require repair or replacement ...Read more
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