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If someone is not born with it can a teen develop 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...

What test is used to diagnose heart valve disease?

Echocardiography. Echocardiography which is an ultrasound study is the best way to evaluate most valvular abnormalities. Read more...

Can you have heart valve disease without having a audible murmer?

Yes. The absence of murmur does not rule out valvular disease. Murmurs vary in intensity and may not be audible by some when very soft. Murmurs are likely to be audible in more severe forms of valvular disease. There are maneuvers that could be done to alter and/or intensify murmurs during physical exam. Read more...
Yes. You can have heart valve disease without a murmur. As an example, you can have a bicuspid aortic valve without a murmur, although you would tend to have an ejection click. Importantly, though, if you have an abnormal heart valve and there is not enough flow disturbance to cause a murmur, the severity of disease tends to be mild. Read more...

Does IV drug abuse cause heart valve disease?

Yes. Iv drug use often leads to infection of the heart valves (endocarditis) which can cause permanent damage or death. Read more...

Is heart valve disease a disability?

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...

How is heart valve disease diagnosed?

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 more...

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...

What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

Depends. Depends on the part of the world. In the US, the most commonly affected valves are the mitral and the aortic valve, with the mitral valve developing leakage (incompetence) and the aortic either leakage or stenosis (tightening) or both. Hypertension, and other risk factors for coronary disease can also affect the aortic valve; mitral valve degeneration however is less well understood. Read more...
Several. If first line blood relatives have a bicuspid aortic valve, marfan's, ehler danlos, or collagen disorders syndrome you can expect aortic valve disease risk. Iv drug abusers are prone to valvular heart disease as well, and patients with rheumatic fever history as well, just to name a few. Read more...