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Can a teenager develop a heart valve disease?

Yes. This can occur from damage to the valve from infection, such as untreated strep throat. Or a late onset developmental defect, such as mitral valve prolapse. Read more...

Is CHF due mainly to heart valve disease?

No. Most heart failure in the United States is the result damage done to the heart by ischemic events (heart attacks). Another common cause is uncontrolled high blood pressure which over a long period of time can cause the heart muscle to become too thick to pump blood efficiently. Read more...
No. The most common cause of heart disease in United States is coronary artery disease. Subsequently, coronary artery disease also causes this largest amount of congestive heart failure. Valve disease is an important cause of congestive heart failure but not the most common cause of congestive heart failure. Read more...

Can a 14 year old girl have heart valve disease?

Yes. Valve disease is uncommon in children, but may occur at any age. Valve abnormalities may be congenital or due to acquired diseases. Read more...
Yes. Some valve disorders are present at birth. The valve disorder may only be appreciated at some later stage in life. Read more...

Aortic heart valve disease or regurgitation what's the difference?

Aortic valve disease. The two major aortic valve abnormalities are stenosis and insufficiency(regurgitation). Stenosis is like a door that doesn't open sufficiently and insufficiency is like a door that doesn't close sufficiently. When there is too much stenosis blood flow out of the heart is impeded. Too much insufficiency and the heart has to pump lots of extra blood to compensate. They can coexist. Read more...

Why do you get breathless and tired when you have heart valve disease?

SOB is SOB. The mechanism is elevated left atrial pressure with pulmonary vascular congestion. The lungs become stiff/non-compliant and don't oxygenate well. Read more...
Lung congestion. When a heart valve is not working, blood backs up behind the left ventricle and causes pulmonary congestion and elevated pulmonary pressures. This causes the lungs to be stiffer and difficult to ventilate. In this situation, the patient experiences shortness of breath. Read more...

Who is more likely to get heart valve disease?

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 more...
It depends. There are so many causes of valve disease. In the past strep infections like strep throat was the most common cause but with antibiotics this has become rare in the us. There are congential causes of valve disease the most common is a 2 leaflet aortic valve (bicuspid). Getting older and wear and tear can result in valve disease. And infection called endocarditis is another cause. Read more...