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An Overview of Heart Valve Disease - Part 2

January 31, 2013

Today, we will provide information on some of the symptoms that are experienced by people with heart valve disease, as well as the various methods that are used for diagnosing and treating the condition.

Symptoms of Heart Valve Disease

symptoms of heart valve diseasePeople who are suffering from heart valve disease may not show any symptoms. Those who do usually experience:

  • shortness of breath
  • swelling at the ankles and feet
  • unusual tiredness

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is best that you pay a visit to a doctor. Early detection and treatment of the disease can help prevent further complications.

Diagnosis of Heart Valve Disease

One of the signs of heart valve disease is a murmur or unusual sound from the heart. However, a heart murmur is not a sure indication that you have heart valve disease, because it can also happen to people with healthy hearts. Your doctor may have to conduct further tests to determine whether or not your heart is damaged. One of the most common tests for diagnosing heart valve disease is echocardiogram. This test uses sound waves to examine the structure of the heart.

Treatment of Heart Valve Disease

If you are having a mild heart valve disease, you may not have to undergo any treatment at all. Instead, your doctor may just ask you to visit him or her again in a year’s time for a check-up, or if your symptoms become worse. Usually, heart valve disease is treated with medication or surgery. The choice of treatment depends on the cause and effect of the disease.

Heart valve disease can have serious consequences if it is not diagnosed and treated promptly. If you are suffering from this disease, do not hesitate to contact our physicians for advice.

 

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