3 doctors weighed in:

What is the definition of an inflammation of a heart valve?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark URMAN
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Endocarditis

The most common type of inflamed heart valve is due to infection, known as endocarditis.
This is a life-threatening condition caused by germs, especially bacteria that attack heart valves causing holes, growths, thickening and scarring. This can lead to leaky valves. People with valve disease (except mild mitral valve prolapse without thickening or regurgitation) are at increased risk.

In brief: Endocarditis

The most common type of inflamed heart valve is due to infection, known as endocarditis.
This is a life-threatening condition caused by germs, especially bacteria that attack heart valves causing holes, growths, thickening and scarring. This can lead to leaky valves. People with valve disease (except mild mitral valve prolapse without thickening or regurgitation) are at increased risk.
Dr. Mark URMAN
Dr. Mark URMAN
Thank
Dr. Mark URMAN
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Rare conditions

Carcinoid syndrome, prolonged phen-fen use and lupus are conditions that have been associated with heart valve inflammation leading to thickening and dysfunction (leaky heart valves or regurgitation or heart valves not opening adequately or stenosis).

In brief: Rare conditions

Carcinoid syndrome, prolonged phen-fen use and lupus are conditions that have been associated with heart valve inflammation leading to thickening and dysfunction (leaky heart valves or regurgitation or heart valves not opening adequately or stenosis).
Dr. Mark URMAN
Dr. Mark URMAN
Thank
Dr. Mark URMAN
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Rheumatic fever

Rheumatic fever is caused by an untreated bacterial infection (usually strep throat).
Luckily, the introduction of antibiotics to treat this infection has dramatically reduced the numbers of this infection. The initial infection usually occurs in children, but the heart problems associated with the infection may not be seen until 20-40 years later. Mitral stenosis or regurgitation can occur.

In brief: Rheumatic fever

Rheumatic fever is caused by an untreated bacterial infection (usually strep throat).
Luckily, the introduction of antibiotics to treat this infection has dramatically reduced the numbers of this infection. The initial infection usually occurs in children, but the heart problems associated with the infection may not be seen until 20-40 years later. Mitral stenosis or regurgitation can occur.
Dr. Mark URMAN
Dr. Mark URMAN
Thank
Read more answers from doctors