Heart Valve Problems and Causes

Updated:Jan 11,2018
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Any heart problem can seem overwhelming at first; but recovery statistics are very good for people who receive proper treatment.


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If you’re seeking to better understand a heart valve problem, you may want to learn more about the possible link between a heart murmur and eventual valve disease. Not all heart murmurs lead to later problems, so it’s good to understand why some are considered to be “innocent murmurs.”


On the pages featured at the right, you’ll find articles and helpful media to educate those affected by valve disease.

  • If your valve is too narrow or doesn’t allow enough blood to flow through it, visit stenosis to learn more about the condition and why it develops.
  • Mitral valve prolapse affects many people and although it can be considered harmless, prolapsed valves can sometimes start to leak.
  • Leaky valves are often referred to as “regurgitant valves” or by the condition known as valve regurgitation.
  • Although many valve problems develop because of age-related factors, sometimes valve conditions develop due to illnesses, such as rheumatic fever and infective endocarditis.
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This content was last reviewed May 2016.

Heart Valve Stenosis

If you've been told you have valve stenosis, learn what it means and why it matters to your heart health.

Heart Valve Regurgitation

If you've been told you have a leaky valve, or regurgitation, here's a simple explanation of what it means and why it matters to your heart health.

Heart Murmurs and Valve Problems

Learn how a heart murmur and valve problems can be related.

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