Your heart contains four, one-way valves that allow blood to flow in and out of the heart. Heart valve disease occurs when any of the valves stop working properly.
Heart valve disease is not considered an emergency and rarely leads to a heart attack. With Dignity Health Central Coast’s personalized cardiac care, you can get the convenient treatment you need and enjoy all of life’s best.
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Detecting Heart Valve Disease at Dignity Health Central Coast
Many people with this cardiovascular condition do not have any symptoms. Often, your doctor hears a murmur or abnormal sound through a stethoscope during a routine visit. Such signs may signal heart valve disease.
The causes of heart valve disease vary. Untreated illnesses, aging, and related cardiovascular conditions can all potentially lead to heart valve disease. Sometimes, babies are born with this heart disease, known as congenital valve disease.
Other common causes of heart valve disease include:
- Congenital abnormalities during fetal development
- Rheumatic fever
- Infection of the heart’s lining
- Heart attack with serious scarring and other heart conditions
- Changes to heart valve tissues due to aging
Heart Valve Disease Treatment
Treatment and prevention efforts focus on repairing or replacing damaged valves, relieving your symptoms, and maximizing your quality of life and well-being.
Medications can effectively treat certain heart valve diseases. For some people, your doctor may recommend heart valve surgery to repair or replace the diseased valve.
At Dignity Health Central Coast, we provide personalized treatment options with special attention to your physical, mental, and spiritual needs. Trust us to prioritize your heart health and overall well-being.
Dignity Health offers award-winning cardiac care for heart conditions, such as heart valve disease, throughout the Central Coast of California.