Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Valvular Heart Disease Overview

What is valvular heart disease?
A person with valvular heart disease has a malfunction in one of the four heart valves. Heart valves may fail when they become narrowed, which is called stenosis. A heart valve may also fail when they leak, which is called regurgitation or insufficiency. Common valvular heart diseases include mitral valve prolapse and aortic stenosis.

What are the symptoms of valvular heart disease?
Symptoms of valvular heart disease may include faintness, fainting, palpitations, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness, excessive sweating, leg swelling, and weight loss.

How does the doctor treat valvular heart disease?
Treatment for valvular heart disease may include medication, or surgery to repair, or replace, the valve.

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