Some physical signs of heart valve disease can include:
Chest pain or palpitations (rapid rhythms or skips)
Shortness of breath, difficulty catching your breath, fatigue, weakness, or inability to maintain regular activity level
Lightheadedness or loss of consciousness
Swollen ankles, feet or abdomen
Symptoms do not necessarily determine the seriousness of a person’s valve problems.
A valve problem can be severe with no symptoms. A valve problem can also be insignificant in terms of leakage, but problematic because of the uncomfortable symptoms. It is important to tell your healthcare provider any time you notice new or irregular symptoms that may relate to your condition.
Hear from Allison, who shares her story of being diagnosed with a childhood heart murmur and eventually needing heart valve repair surgery. She blamed her noticeable fatigue on work. When she was told she needed surgery, she was scared but realized her life depended on it.