• Causes & Risk Factors (38 items)

    Valve problems can be congenital or acquired from damage later in life, although the causes are not always known.

  • Diagnosis (42 items)

    Listening to the heart for a murmur is the simplest test to detect valve disease although follow-up testing with electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram (ECG), cardiac catheterization, and additional tests may be needed.

  • Financial Assistance (42 items)

  • Finding a Healthcare Professional (15 items)

    Seeing a healthcare professional if you think you may have valve disease is critical. Getting a second opinion and finding professionals you are comfortable with are also an important part of your treatment plan.

  • Heart Basics (39 items)

    Your heart is a powerful organ that is responsible for pumping blood throughout your body. When it is diseased or damaged it not only impacts the heart's ability to function, but can also impact overall health.

  • Learning from Others (37 items)

    Hearing their stories and interacting with others going through similar experiences is an incredible learning tool and a great way to find support.

  • Life After Surgery (31 items)

    Depending on the type of surgery and your health status before the surgery, complete recovery can take a few weeks to several months. Many patients report feeling like "they are back to normal" after surgery, and go on to life full and active lives.

  • Patient & Healthcare Professional Communication (16 items)

    Because valve disease can have serious complications, it's important to talk with a healthcare professional right away and to have an open conversation about your health.

  • Preparing for Surgery (32 items)

    Understanding what to expect and having a treatment plan and support network in place will help assist with recovery.

  • Recovering from Surgery (29 items)

    With all types of repair and replacement it's important to get adequate rest, get help with daily activities, and keep your follow-up appointments.

  • Symptoms (44 items)

    People with valve disease do not always have symptoms, even if their disease is severe. Others may have symptoms with less severe disease. The only way to really know if you have valve disease is to get diagnosed by a healthcare professional.

  • Treatment Options (73 items)

    Valve disorders may only need to be monitored, although in many cases repair or replacement of the valve is needed. These procedures have very high success rates, and in most cases, improve quality of life and add many more healthy years.

  • Types of Valve Disease (52 items)

    Most valve diseases involve a damaged valve that disrupts blood flow by not opening or closing properly. Stenosis is when a valve does not fully open to allow enough blood to flow through. Regurgitation is when a valve does not fully close and allows blood to leak backwards.

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