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Valvular Heart Disease

Valvular heart disease (VHD) is a clinical condition that is descriptive of a defect in one or more of the cardiac valves (mitral, aortic, pulmonary, and tricuspid). There are basically two types of valvular diseases, including:

  • Valvular stenosis whereby the valve opening becomes smaller when compared to the usual.
  • Valvular insufficiency or regurgitation whereby the valves do not close completely, causing some blood to leak backward.

Symptoms of Valvular Heart Disease

The onset of serious symptoms associated with Valvular Heart Disease is cause for emergency to ensure the true nature of the condition with the aid of a prompt diagnosis and treatment.  The best way to detect Valvular Heart Disease is before the onset of serious symptoms during a routine Heart Health Screening when “signs” may only be visible through testing.  During routine screenings, you may have a meaningful Q and A with your doctor to help make an informed decision about your risk, early detection and ways you may prevent more complicated healthcare situations.  Learn more about Symptoms of Valvular Heart Disease.

Valvular Heart Disease Treatments

Treatment options for defective valves depend upon several factors, including the severity of the condition.  Learn more about treatments.  

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