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What is Angina?
Learn the facts about Angina.
Meet Mark Ridder - AHA Heart Valve Ambassador
Read about Mark's journey with heart valve disease, which began in high school, when a heart murmur was detected in a routine physical exam. Later in life he was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis, which ultimately turned severe enough to require valve replacement surgery.
Understanding Your Heart Valve Treatment Options
Recovery statistics are very good for people who receive proper treatment of their heart valve problems. Learn about the different treatment options available.
Roles of Your Four Heart Valves
To better understand your valve condition, it helps to know the role each heart valve plays in providing healthy blood circulation.
Heart Valve Problems and Disease
The American Heart Association explains how your heart valves work and any problems or disease your valves can acquire, including regurgitation, stenosis and prolapse.
Meet Christine Rekash - AHA Heart Valve Ambassador
Christine Rekash thought she was prepared for open-heart surgery to repair a failing mitral valve, but several complications following her procedure made her realize that she had to take one step at a time. She now works to raise awareness about heart health and offer support to other patients facing heart valve disorders as part of the American Heart Association?s Heart Valve Ambassador program.
Heart Valve Disease Personal Stories
Facing heart valve surgery can be a daunting task. Hear from other patients sharing their experience with heart valve surgery.
Angina in Women Can Be Different Than Men
The American Heart Association explains how signs of angina (chest pain) in women may be different than in men.
Karen Griffith's Story: A Positive Attitude Makes All the Difference
Read Karen's story about facing heart valve surgery in her 80s.
Heart Valve Awareness: Seek Clarity About Your Risks
Educate yourself about your heart valve disease by recognizing and monitoring your risks and working closely with your doctor.
About Heart Valves
New to managing your heart valve condition? The American Heart Association encourages you to learn about how your heart works and how each of the valves function. When you understand the specifics of what your doctor or healthcare team is trying to evaluate and accomplish through treatment, you?ll be better equipped to help great decisions.
Heart Valve Diagnosis Criteria
As you prepare for heart valve testing for a complete diagnosis, there are several criteria used to determine your particular needs.
Problem: Pulmonary Valve Regurgitation
Pulmonary regurgitation (PR, also called pulmonic regurgitation) is a leaky pulmonary valve. Learn about its symptoms and causes.
Types of Replacement Heart Valves
If you need to have a heart valve replacement, there are several choices to consider when selecting the type of valve you need. Learn more about them.
Risks for Heart Valve Problems
Learn who is at risk of having heart valve problems, or valvular heart disease.
Recovery and Healthy Living Goals for Heart Valve Patients
Read articles for a strong recovery from heart valve treatment, download patient hand outs, and cheer yourself on as you reach your healthy living goals.
Testing for Heart Valve Problems
To fully understand your heart valve problem, your medical team may want to perform a series of tests to provide a complete picture of what needs repair and what may be best left alone. Learn about the various tests you may undergo.
Post Surgery Milestones: Managing Your Mood, Expectations and Goals
Often people who are getting ready for major surgery have a whirlwind of details to juggle. Most people don?t stop to think about how they can help themselves feel good emotionally during their recovery.
Getting an Accurate Heart Valve Diagnosis
In order to decide the best treatment for your heart valve condition, you?ll need a careful evaluation. An accurate diagnosis helps you and your treatment team determine the risks and benefits of your treatment options.
Problem: Aortic Valve Regurgitation
Aortic regurgitation describes the leakage of the aortic valve each time the left ventricle relaxes. Learn about ongoing care of this condition.
What is TAVR?
Patients who cannot tolerate surgery for aortic valve replacement may be good candidates for a less invasive approach called TAVI or TAVR.
Options and Considerations for Heart Valve Surgery
Heart valve disease is not a condition that should be ignored when treatment is recommended. Learn about the risks associated with treatment.
Problem: Heart Valve Regurgitation
Regurgitation occurs when blood flows back through the valve as the leaflets are closing or blood leaks through the leaflets when they should be completely closed. Learn about the types and how to deal with this heart condition.
Make Your Winning Post-Surgery Recovery Plan
A little planning goes a long way when it comes to heart valve surgery. We have tips and checklists to help.
Problem: Heart Valve Stenosis
Stenosis is the term for a heart valve that doesn?t open properly. Learn about the different types of stenosis or stenotic valves.
Medications for Heart Valve Symptoms
Most valve conditions cannot be treated with medication alone. Sometimes the problem is not severe enough to require surgical repair, but it is bothersome enough to cause symptoms or risks. In cases like these, a condition might be effectively managed for a while with medication.
Problem: Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
Pulmonary stenosis is a restriction of blood flowing through the valve from the heart to the lungs. Learn about treatment and ongoing care of this condition.
Heart Murmurs and Valve Disease
Problematic heart murmurs are most often related to defective heart valves. Learn more about ongoing care of this condition.
The Ross procedure is often very effective for treating damaged aortic valves. Learn why it works