Heart Valve Disease


Symptoms

‚ÄčIt is crucial that your doctor listen to your heart to check for possible symptoms resulting from undiagnosed heart valve disease.  Some people do not have or ever notice any symptoms and their condition is only discovered through the detection of a murmur during a routine physical examination.  Some symptoms you may experience are:

  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Syncope

Risks

Heart valve disease is most common in older people and is becoming more prevalent as life expectancy increases due to improved medical care and knowledge of disease treatment.  Heart valves become lined with calcium deposits and the leaflets thicken and become stiffer over time.  Risk for valve disease is increased in those that have had rheumatic fever or infective endocarditis.  Additionally, a history of heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia or congenital heart defects can increase your risk for developing valve disease.


This information is provided by the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.