What should pregnant women know about valvular heart disease?

May be dangerous. If you have any significant heart disease, you should try to see a doctor for counseling before you try to get pregnant. Many heart conditions will be fine during pregnancy and just require special monitoring. There are some which have a high chance of severe complications and death with pregnancy, including pulmonary hypertension and aortic valve disease.

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What happens to women with valvular heart disease in pregnancy?

Pregnancy and heart. It depends on the kind of valve issues. Under most circumstances it is safe. However, certain valvular heart diseases and congenital heart diseases may endanger mother and child's life. If there is any suspicion or existing diagnosis of heart problems, it "must" be discussed with the physician to evaluate and stratify the risk prior to planning for pregnancy. Read more...
Can get worse. Valvular heart disease, or their symptoms, can get worse in pregnancy .. Consult with your md before getting pregnant ... Read more...

Is it common for a teenager to have coronary heart or valvular heart disease?

No. Exceedingly rare for cad. Valvular issues are also uncommon & if suspected you should undergo an echocardiogram. Read more...
No. There are special circumstances when a teenager may have a higher risk of coronary artery disease: sickle cell anemia, kawasaki's disease, immunological arterial diseases such as lupus or arteritis. Over use (or use) of ecstasy, methamphetamine or Cocaine increase cad. If you have these you should be under the care of specialist to begin with. If you don't have these, then don't worry about cad. Read more...

Can you describe nonspecific valvular heart disease?

Non specific. This sounds more like an insurance code than a real diagnosis. As cardiologists, we diagnose valves as narrow, leaking, calcified, abnormal in appearance etc... When an insurance billing code is used for "valvular disease" without specifying what type of abnormality, it is qualified as "non specific"... Welcome to the world of coding :-). Read more...
Valves. With the widespread use if echocardiograms cardiologists often find trivial abnormalities of the valves that are not clinically relevant. Read more...

What are the activities allowed with valvular heart disease.?

Complicated. This depends on the valve involved, the cause of the diseased valve and the degree to which it affects function. Damaged valves also creates the risk of secondary valve infection (infective endocarditis), which can be life-threatening, need long courses of antibiotics or require valve replacement. Restrictions depend on disease severity. This should be discussed with cardiologist. Read more...

What disadvantages do you have when you have valvular heart disease?

Complicated. This depends on the valve involved, the cause of the diseased valve and the degree to which it affects function. Damaged valves also creates the risk of secondary valve infection (infective endocarditis), which can be life-threatening, need long courses of antibiotics or require valve replacement. Restrictions depend on disease severity. This should be discussed with cardiologist. Read more...

What are the dangers and restrictions of having valvular heart disease?

Complicated. This depends on the valve involved, the cause of the diseased valve and the degree to which it affects function. Damaged valves also creates the risk of secondary valve infection (infective endocarditis), which can be life-threatening, need long courses of antibiotics or require valve replacement. Restrictions depend on disease severity. Read more...

What are the activities allowed to patients with valvular heart disease?

It depends. Specific activities to any patients with valvular disease depend upon the severity of the disease itself. Even in this, physicians should not be overly prescriptive as to be "know-it-all". One has to factor in the patient himself/herself, and this means clinical data. A team-approach between patient and physician is key and decision-making has to be shared for ultimate and final recommendations. Read more...

I have valvular heart disease what can I do to prevent it of getting worse?

See your doctor. There are four separate valves in the heart and they may each be diseased in a variety of ways. The treatment varies according to the specific defect. The best hing to do is discuss your specific condition with you cardiologist and get specific treatment. Read more...

Doctor said I have a valvular heart disease so is this dangerous?

Depends. Depends on which valve and on what type of problem. Ask you doctor to clearly explain what type of valvular heart disease, what treatment may be needed and ask if you should see a cardiologist. If you don't get answers, see another doctor. Read more...