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  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Problem: Pulmonary Valve Regurgitation Pulmonary regurgitation (PR, also called pulmonic regurgitation) is a leaky pulmonary valve. Learn about its symptoms and causes.
  • 3. When A Heart Murmur Signals Valve Disease Problematic heart murmurs are most often related to defective heart valves. Learn more about ongoing care of this condition.
  • 4. Problem: Tricuspid Valve Stenosis Tricuspid stenosis is a narrowing of the tricuspid valve opening. Learn how it affects your heart valves.
  • 5. Congenital Heart Defects Surgery The American Heart Association explains how to prepare for Congenital Heart Defects Surgery for adults and children.
  • 6. Congestive Heart Failure The American Heart Association explains how and why congestive heart failure is a risk for children and adults with congenital heart defects.
  • 7. Feeding Tips The American Heart Association explains that feeding your baby can be a challenge because and children with congenital heart disease and congestive heart failure or cyanosis (blueness) tend to gain weight more slowly.
  • 8. Care and Treatment for Congenital Heart Defects The American Heart Association explains the Care and Treatment for adults and children with Congenital Heart Defects including Surgical procedures, Cardiac catheterizations, Heart transplants, Preparing children for surgery, Feeding Tips, Children's special needs, Physical activity for those with congenital heart defects and Recommendations for heart health.
  • 9. Preparing Children for Heart Surgery The American Heart Surgery explains how to prepare children for heart surgery including Blood Transfusions, Talking to Your Child About Their Surgery, In the Operating Room, In the Intensive Care Unit, Further Hospital Care and Taking Care of Your Child at Home.
  • 10. Heart Valve Surgery Goals When any person is considering heart valve replacement, it can be helpful to know the overall goals of the procedure and how your medical professionals will track the success and your return to wellness. Here are some of the likely goals for any valve surgery.
  • 11. Heart Valve Disease Risks, Signs and Symptoms The American Heart Association provides information on the signs and symptoms of heart valve disease as well as who is at risk.
  • 12. Problem: Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation Tricuspid regurgitation is leakage of blood backwards through the tricuspid valve each time the right ventricle contracts. Learn about ongoing care of this condition.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. 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.
  • 18. 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.
  • 19. 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.
  • 20. Understanding Heart Valve Problems and Causes Many heart valve problems can be identified by the presence of a murmur. This can indicate valve problems such as stenosis, regurgitation, prolapse and atresia.
  • 21. Congenital Heart Defects and Other Educational Brochures American Heart Association offers these health education packets and brochures with content designed to help you better understand your treatments, successfully manage your condition and reduce your risk.
  • 22. 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.
  • 23. 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.
  • 24. 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.
  • 25. "Innocent" Heart Murmur Although some heart murmurs do indicate heart valve problems, many heart murmurs are considered to be ?innocent? or harmless. Learn about ongoing care of this condition.
  • 26. Symptoms of Heart Valve Problems 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.
  • 27. Risks for Heart Valve Problems Learn who is at risk of having heart valve problems or valvular heart disease.
  • 28. Pediatric Cardiomyopathies Introduction to Pediatric Cardiomyopathies
  • 29. If Your Child Has a Congenital Heart Defect Brochure This full-color 64-page booklet is a comprehensive, informative guide for parents with a child with a congenital heart defect. It helps prepare parents for the medical and surgical treatments their child may require. It describes and illustrates a variety of common heart defects, tells how the defects are diagnosed and treated, and discusses the child's special needs.
  • 30. Patient Education Resources for Healthcare Professionals The American Heart Association helps your patients learn about heart disease and cardiovascular conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, congenital heart defects, diabetes, heart failure, stroke, cardiac arrest, cardiac rehab, peripheral artery disease, pad, cardiovascular conditions of childhood, HIV, hiv and your heart, tools, resources
  • 31. 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.
  • 32. Problem: Mitral Valve Stenosis Mitral stenosis is a narrowing of the mitral valve opening. Learn about its causes and treatments.
  • 33. Heart Valves and Infective Endocarditis Learn about infective endocarditis and how it can affect your heart valves.
  • 34. About Congenital Heart Defects The American Heart Association explains congenital heart disease and congenital heart defects in adults and children.
  • 35. Newer Heart Valve Surgery Options People with high risks and severe aortic valve tightness may be good candidates for a less invasive repair or an alternative treatment called a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • 36. Ross Procedure The Ross procedure is often very effective for treating damaged aortic valves. Learn why it works
  • 37. 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.
  • 38. Personal Stories The American Heart Association offers these stories from survivors of heart disease and stroke.
  • 39. Options for Heart Valve Repair The goal of heart valve surgery is to cure the problem or lengthen life by restoring the function of your heart valves. Learn about valve repair vs replacement.
  • 40. 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.
  • 41. Heart Valve Surgery Recovery and Follow Up Learn what to expect after heart valve surgery and other recovery issues.
  • 42. Recognizing the Symptoms of Worsening Heart Valve Disease Would you recognize the symptoms of worsening heart valve disease? When heart valve problems are severe, there are often no recognizable symptoms until heart damage has progressed significantly,
  • 43. Heart Valve Problems and Causes If you?re seeking to better understand a heart valve problem, the American Heart Association can help. Learn about potential problems and causes of heart valve issues.
  • 44. Cold Weather and Cardiovascular Disease The American Heart Association explains the potentially dangerous link between cold weather and heart conditions.
  • 45. Problem: Mitral Valve Prolapse Mitral Valve Prolapse is condition in which the two valve flaps of the mitral valve do not close evenly. Learn about MVP's symptoms and treatment.
  • 46. Congenital Heart Defects What is a congenital heart defect? The American Heart Associations offers information about congenital heart defect, the risk of congenital heart defects in adults and children, the types of congenital heart defects, the symptoms of congenital heart defects, the diagnosis of congenital heart defects, the treatment of congenital heart defect and caring for those with congenital heart defects.
  • 47. More Cardiovascular Conditions The American Heart Association helps you learn about heart disease and cardiovascular conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, heart valve disease, congenital heart defects, diabetes, heart failure, stroke, cardiac arrest, cardiac rehab, peripheral artery disease, pad, cardiovascular conditions of childhood, HIV, hiv and your heart, tools, resources
  • 48. 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.
  • 49. 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.
  • 50. Problem: Aortic Valve Stenosis Aortic stenosis (or AS) is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Learn how it affects the heart valve and what you can do about it.


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