4 doctors weighed in:

What is heart valve disease exactly?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Thank
Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Stenosis or leaking

Of a heart valve.
These conditions are typically graded as mild, moderate or severe and diagnosed my echocardiogram.

In brief: Stenosis or leaking

Of a heart valve.
These conditions are typically graded as mild, moderate or severe and diagnosed my echocardiogram.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch
Thank
Dr. George Mathew
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Leak or narrowing

Need cardiology evaluation to know its severity.

In brief: Leak or narrowing

Need cardiology evaluation to know its severity.
Dr. George Mathew
Dr. George Mathew
Thank
Read more answers from doctors