There are four, one-way valves in your amazing, blood-pumping heart. Your heart beats more than 100,000 times a day, and these one-way valves push your blood out of the heart and through your body. Heart valve disease occurs when any of the valves stop working properly and blood leaks back through these gates.
Dignity Health Central California’s compassionate cardiac care doctors can provide the treatment you need to enjoy all of life’s best at one of the following hospitals:
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Recognizing Heart Valve Disease Symptoms at Dignity Health Central California
Most people do not know that they have this cardiovascular condition, as there rarely are heart valve disease symptoms. Your caring Dignity Health Central California doctor will carefully listen to your heart for a murmur or whooshing sound through a stethoscope during a routine visit. If your doctor hears this abnormal sound, it can signal heart valve disease.
Heart valve disease causes can vary from one person to the next. Untreated illnesses, aging, and related cardiovascular conditions can all potentially lead to heart valve disease. Babies are occasionally born with this heart disease, known as congenital valve disease.
Additional common causes of heart valve disease include:
- Infection of the heart’s lining
- Heart attack with serious scarring and other heart conditions
- Changes to heart valve tissues from aging
- Congenital abnormalities during a baby’s development
- Rheumatic fever
Find out your risks for developing heart valve disease with our heart health assessment.
Heart Valve Disease Treatment
Your Dignity Health Central California heart doctor will put together a personalized treatment and prevention plan. The goal of treatment is to repair or replace damaged valves, relieve your symptoms, and improve your quality of life and well-being.
Your doctor may prescribe medications that can effectively treat certain heart valve diseases. If your condition has worsened, your doctor may recommend heart valve surgery to repair or replace the diseased valve.
Contact a Dignity Health Central California heart doctor for compassionate cardiac care and personalized treatment options with special attention to your physical, mental, and spiritual needs.
Dignity Health Central California heart doctors provide quality care for heart conditions, such as heart valve disease, in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.