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

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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