Heart Valve Disease Risks, Signs and Symptoms

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What do you need to know about people at risk for valve disease and valve problems? What symptoms do you need to watch for?

Checking for possible symptoms of valve disease is important. It can be a critical part of deciding on the right treatment or the ideal time for valve surgery. Frequently symptoms can worsen gradually over time, making it important for patients to track any changes.

However, people who have valve disease may never notice any symptoms.

It's important to note that symptoms of valve disease, such as chest pain or palpitations, fatigue, lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath and swollen ankles, feet or abdomen can be signs of several conditions. Review the symptoms page to read more about how symptoms can develop gradually.

Visit risks for valve disease to see what makes a person at increased risk for developing a dangerous heart valve problem.

We have helpful articles and media to help you think through the symptoms and consider whether you may need treatment.

Heart Valve Disease Resources

Find out more about your heart valves and how to manage heart valve disease.

The Importance of Tracking Heart Valve Disease Symptoms
Video: Dr. Robert Bonow on Heart Valve Disease