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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    • 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.
    • Get Heart-Smart About Angiography with SecondsCount.org
      Learn about what to expect from your angiogram at SecondsCount.org from the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.  This informational website provides expanded awareness of cardiovascular heath issues, from prevention to treatment and everything in between.
    • Aortic Valve Disease Guide from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
      This on-line guide from the Society for Thoracic Surgeons provides a comprehensive overview of aortic valve disease including disease basics, causes & symptoms, diagnosis & treatment options, and recovery.   The resource also features a video from Dr. Robbin A Cohen.
    • James' Story: Tissue Valve Recipient
      In 2006, when he was 63 years old, James came to the realization that the only way to successfully repair his damaged heart valve was with surgery. No amount of medical intervention or lifestyle changes would give him the results he needed to live a full life. Read about his experience with tissue heart valve replacement surgery.
    • Cleveland Clinic Heart Valve Disease Treatment Guide
      Use this guide as a resource as you examine your treatment options. It covers causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of valve disease. The guide also explains the different types of valve repair surgery.
    • Diagnosing Heart Valve Disease Video
      This video from St. Jude Medical discusses the different diagnostic tests, including ECG/EKG, ECHO, MRI, Chest X-ray, and more.
    • Cardiac Stress Test - How to Prepare and What to Expect
      Preparing for a cardiac stress test can be intimidating. Cedars-Sinai provides useful tips on how to prepare and what to expect during and after the test.
    • Jim Kelly Mitral Valve Repair Success Story
      In this video, Dr. Patrick McCarthy from Northwestern University and patient Jim Kelly discuss the mitral valve repair procedure.