Our bodies are an intrinsically connected series of organs, bones, veins, arteries, tissues, and more. When it comes to our cardiovascular system, the pulmonary valve serves as the doorway for blood to flow from the heart’s lower right chamber into the pulmonary artery and, then, to the lungs.
Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor can diagnose whether your pulmonary valve works as designed, as a doorway that swings open in one direction, or whether you have pulmonary valve disease, in which blood flows backward.
Find a Doctor today to identify your risk factors for pulmonary valve disease on the Central Coast of California.
Detecting Pulmonary Valve Disease Causes
Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor provides care for your physical, mental, and spiritual needs for cardiovascular conditions. If you are diagnosed with pulmonary valve disease, your doctor will determine if you have one of two main types:
- Pulmonary stenosis refers to valve narrowing, obstruction, or stiffening
- Pulmonary valve regurgitation refers to leaking valves
High blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, also called pulmonary hypertension, can cause pulmonary valve disease. When an infant has pulmonary regurgitation, the cause is typically a birth defect called “tetralogy of Fallot.”
Pulmonary Valve Disease Symptoms
A pulmonary valve that isn’t working correctly rarely causes noticeable symptoms. Usually, you will discover you have this condition when your doctor detects an abnormal sound when listening to your heartbeat.
Pulmonary stenosis, which primarily affects children, is usually the result of a birth defect. If it reaches advanced stages, it may lead to:
- Inability to gain weight
- Chest pain
- Low tolerance for exercise
- Shortness of breath or skin turns blue around the lips
Dignity Health Central Coast cares about the healing of your mind, body, and spirit. For pulmonary artery disease, we provide care with humankindness for your health and well-being.
Treatment of Pulmonary Valve Disease at Dignity Health Central Coast
Most cases of this heart condition do not require cardiovascular treatments. If you have pulmonary regurgitation as the result of pulmonary hypertension, your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor may prescribe medication.
Heart valve surgery to replace a pulmonary valve is rare unless your condition is severe or caused by a specific condition.
For a personalized treatment plan, schedule an appointment with a Dignity Health Central Coast doctor.
Dignity Health provides quality cardiovascular care for pulmonary valve disease on the Central Coast of California.