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Heart Valve Disease

Malfunction of the Valves in Your Heart

Consult your Mercy Health physician for the best treatment options in regards to your heart valve disease. Regardless of the expert plan put in place to treat your heart valve disease, a combination of lifestyle changes and prescribed medicine will be necessary.

What is Heart Valve Disease?

Heart valve disease is a condition in which your heart's valves aren't operating as they should – failing to open or close properly or leak – which interferes with the blood flow through your heart. Faulty heart valves have three different variations:

  • Regurgitation – This occurs when your valve doesn't close tightly, allowing blood to leak back into the chambers of your heart.
  • Stenosis – This occurs when your valves thicken and stick together, preventing enough blood to flow through your valve.
  • Atresia – This occurs when your heart valve does not have a proper opening.

Symptoms

  • Chest Pain
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Swollen Feet or Ankles

  Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Medical History
  • Smoking

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