Each person experiences valve disease symptoms differently. A mild heart valve defect might go unnoticed, while more serious damage could cause chest pain, irregular heartbeats, migraines, fatigue, dizziness, abnormal blood pressure and shortness of breath.
The two main types of malfunction of the heart valves are regurgitation (the valve doesn’t close completely, causing the blood to flow backward) and stenosis (the valve opening becomes narrow or stiff, causing the heart to pump harder). The mitral and aortic valves are most often affected by heart valve disease.
There are several causes for heart valve damage, including:
Your doctor might suspect valve regurgitation or valve stenosis if your heart function sounds abnormal through a stethoscope. Anderson Regional Heart Center offers these tests to diagnose the exact problem:
The doctors at Anderson Regional Heart Center have several options for treating heart valve disease, including: