With heart valve disease, one or more of the valves in your heart doesn’t work properly. Your heart has 4 valves that open and close in order to keep blood flowing in the correct direction- when these valves are not working properly, health concerns may arise. The type of treatment needed and deciding the appropriate next steps depend on the heart valve affected and the severity of the disease. Symptoms of a potential heart valve concern include heart murmurs, fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles and feet, dizziness, fainting, and irregular heartbeat. A proper diagnosis by a licensed physician is needed in order to figure out what exactly is causing your symptoms.
Your heart consists of four heart valves that open and close each time your heart beats. If these valves do not open and close properly- blood flow to the rest of your body can be disrupted. One may be born with heart disease, but it is also possible for it to occur later into adult life due to infections and other heart conditions. Risk factors of valvular heart disease include:
The experienced physicians at Carolina Cardiology Associates are committed to the health of every patient who walks through our doors. We understand the challenges of cardiovascular disease and will work with you to provide treatment, education, and a plan for the future to help you live your healthiest life.