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What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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