A heart consists of four valves that regulate blood flow in the certain direction. If there is a problem in these valves, which interferes with blood flow control, it becomes a heart valve disease. The disease occurs when at least one valve cannot open or close completely, which causes the disruption of the blood flow the heart to the body.
The severity of the disease, the type and the treatment depend on the heart valve that was affected. In some cases it will be necessary to undergo surgery to replace the heart valve or to repair it.
Although heart valve disease can remain asymptomatic for many years, it can cause certain symptoms as follows:
You are recommended to seek medical care if you suspect yourself of having heart valve disease. You might be referred to a cardiologist for further disease diagnosis.
There are four valves in the heart which are responsible for regulating blood flow, namely the mitral, tricuspid, pulmonary and aortic valves. Each valve has leaflets (flaps) which open and close one time per heartbeat to control the blood flow direction, and if the leaflets cannot open or close completely, the blood can flow in an irregular direction.
Many factors such as infections and certain heart conditions can cause heart valve disease among adults as well as congenital heart disease in babies.
Heart valve disease can cause many conditions, including the following:
Heart valve disease can be induced by many factors, including:
Complications can be caused by heart valve disease, including:
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