Topic: Diagnosis

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.

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    • Arnald D. Gabriel's story
      World War II veteran Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, 91, had somewhere very important to be on December 7, 2016. A combat machine gunner with the United States Army’s famed 29th Infantry Division and Conductor Emeritus of the U.S. Air Force Band Symphony Orchestra, Col. Gabriel was due in Hawaii to conduct three separate musical events for the 75th anniversary ceremony commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor. Col. Gabriel’s military career spanned 36 years, including his part in the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach and Commander/Conductor of the Air Force Orchestra. He is known worldwide for his innovative musical leadership and genius. A…
    • National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Celebrated at Inova Heart and Vascular Center
      On February 22, the National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day campaign celebrated a flagship event hosted by Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. The event brought together patients, loved ones, medical professionals, government leaders and patient advocacy representatives to celebrate heart valve disease awareness. The gathering highlighted the outstanding work of the Inova Heart and Vascular team as well as the patient’s who received innovative repair and replacement procedures as well as the importance of Valve Disease Day. Inova Heart and Vascular Institute’s state-of-the-art flagship location on Inova Fairfax Medical Campus is one of the most complete, technologically-advanced medical and research centers…
    • New Silver Book and Infographic Factsheet on Heart Valve Disease
      The Alliance for Aging Research recently released The Silver Book®: Valve Disease volume, Aortic Stenosis factsheet, and Valve Disease infographic factsheet which highlight the latest facts and figures on the impact of heart valve disease in America. Heart valve disease is a leading type of cardiovascular disease that becomes more common with age. Published studies estimate that approximately five million people in the U.S. have heart valve disease. However, as noted in the new factsheet, based on current population estimates that number could range from 8.7 to 11.6 million. Heart valve disease is a serious disease that, left undetected and untreated,…
    • Celebrate National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day on February 22nd
      The second annual National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day is less than one month away! This campaign was created to raise awareness about the risk of heart valve disease, encourage patients to get their heart checked regularly, and educate the public about the innovative treatment options that are available. As many as 5 million Americans have heart valve disease (HVD) which involves damage to one or more of the heart’s valves. While some types are not serious, others can lead to major complications—including death. HVD can be there at birth, or develop from damage later in life from calcification, other cardiovascular diseases…
    • Mended Hearts' GotoGuide for Valve Disease
      Mended Hearts has created a helpful resource for patients and caregivers called the GoToGuide for Valve Disease. The guide provides a thorough understanding of valve disease including: An overview of the disease Signs, symptoms, and detection Treatment options, guidelines, and what to expect The FDA approval for expanded use of TAVR procedures Suggested lifestyle changes A list of external tools and resources The printer-friendly version of the guide is available here.
    • University of North Carolina Heart Valve Clinic TAVR Videos
      Watch the videos below to learn more about UNC’s TAVR procedures: NC Health Care Physicians talk about TAVR, a new treatment for aortic valve disease Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at UNC Heart & Vascular: All at One Location Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Team Approach at UNC Health Care UNC’s 100th TAVR Patient Story  
    • Learn more about NYU Langone's approach to valve disease
      Learn more about the specialized care provided by leading cardiology experts at NYU Langone Health’s Heart Valve Center.
    • Diagnosis, Treatment and Action Guide for Aortic Stenosis
      CardioSmart’s About My Aortic Stenosis guide was created by the American College of Cardiology to help patients and caregivers better understand Aortic Stenosis. The downloadable document provides information to help you track your symptoms, figure out a treatment plan and know what questions to ask your physician. To view this helpful guide, access the link below.
    • NewHeartValve.com Resource Library
      Visit NewHeartValve.com, an Edwards LifeSciences website, to access downloadable materials that include information on the basics of aortic stenosis and TAVR, a doctor discussion guide, and much more. Available in both English and Spanish versions.
    • Personal Stories from American Heart Association's Heart Valve Ambassadors
      Learn more about the stories of American Heart Association’s group of heart valve disease ambassadors including, seven heart valve disease survivors and one caregiver who represent the wide variety of people who are affected by heart valve disease. Read about each ambassador’s unique story here.
    • Patient experiences with mechanical heart valve replacements
      Four St. Jude Medical patients share their unique experiences with mechanical heart valve replacement.
    • Jamie Rogers's story: “Just be aware that you’ll go through ups and downs, but it will get better. It’s going to be ok.“
      Growing up, Jamie Rogers played just about every sport there was to play, with no awareness of anything wrong with his heart. Four years ago, the 39 year-old Columbia native decided to start running to lose weight and get back in shape. Around the same time, after being a pastor in South Carolina for 13 years, Jamie and his wife felt that God was leading them beyond their home turf, and they moved to Long Island, New York to help lead a church in the town of Farmingdale. One beautiful late August morning, Jamie decided to take advantage of the great…
    • Elaine and Blake Webster's story
      Heart valve surgery is not a journey that a patient takes alone. It requires a strategic team of doctors and dedicated caregivers to help the patient feel most comfortable and supported while overcoming new and unique challenges. Elaine Webster has personally grown to be the ideal caregiver, friend, patient advocate, nurse, and confidant throughout her husband, Blake’s journey through his first major arrhythmia, to mitral-valve surgery, and finally onto recovery. Through her first-hand experience as a caregiver for sixteen years, Elaine has provided valuable insight and advice in her book, Heartfelt. Learn more and access Elaine’s book, Heartfelt here.    
    • Dennis and Ann Dobkowski's story: “People often have symptoms like I had and think it is connected to ‘old age.’  But they can be the warning signs for heart valve disease“
      Dennis Dobkowski’s heart valve problem didn’t seem so bad at first. It had actually begun with the detection of a heart murmur during a routine doctor’s visit 15 years ago. At the time it wasn’t life-threatening, but rather just something to keep track of. But in one brief doctor’s visit in 2014, everything changed for the then 67-year-old from Southern California. “I started feeling totally exhausted all of the time and couldn’t focus on work. When I went in for a checkup, my doctor told me I had a leaking heart valve,” recalls Dennis. He and his wife, Ann, a registered nurse,…
    • Affordable imaging for those without insurance
      We Care Medical Mall helps people without insurance find affordable MRIs, CT scans, and radiological imaging services across the nation.
    • University of Michigan Heart Valve Disease Website
      Heart valve disease is a condition in which one or more of your heart’s four valves — the tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral and aortic — don’t work correctly. This website from the University of Michigan highlights the different kinds of valve disease, as well as treatment options and patient resources.