The heart has four valves: the mitral, aortic, tricuspid and pulmonary. Since each valve has a specific role in controlling blood flow and pressure, it is important that they all function properly. When one of these valves suffers from damage or defect, it is considered valvular heart disease. Valvular heart disease may involve a valve that can’t open completely (stenotic) or one that is unable to fully close (incompetent). In either case, the condition can progress and put your entire health at risk if it is not treated properly.
Corrielus Cardiology is proud to offer the most proven non-invasive treatment methods for heart valve disease as well as other cardiovascular conditions. Dr. Corrielus is an experienced and highly trained cardiologist who understands the intricate functions of the heart and how your heart affects your overall wellness. Our Philadelphia practice is known for excellence in integrative cardiovascular care, and we are fully equipped to treat your valvular heart disease with the patient-centered care you deserve.
Symptoms & Causes of Heart Valve Disease
There are many different types of valve disease, which helps to determine the cause, symptoms and treatment for your specific condition. While valvular heart disease can be congenital, it is most often acquired later in life. Causes range from age-related degeneration of the valve tissues to bacterial endocarditis, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. You can trust that Dr. Corrielus will provide an accurate diagnosis of your valve disease and effectively treat the source of your condition.
Symptoms of valve disease depend on its cause and location of the valve defect. If it develops gradually, it may be more difficult to detect the onset of symptoms. It is important to note that just because you do not have severe symptoms, it does not mean that your heart valve disease is not severe.
In general, heart valve disease symptoms can resemble those of congestive heart failure. Patients may suffer from shortness of breath and wheezing after exercise as well as edema. It is not uncommon to experience fatigue, dizziness or mild chest pain with valve disease that affects the aortic valve.
Treatment of Valvular Heart Disease
At Corrielus Cardiology, we use a thorough evaluation of your symptoms along with advanced cardiac testing to determine which type of valve disease you have and which treatment plan is best for you. In mild (asymptomatic) cases, we may recommend that you make healthy lifestyle changes and let us monitor your heart condition more closely. If your condition is too severe to “watch and wait,” there are a number of treatments that can be initiated to restore your heart health and protect your long-term wellness.
To learn more about valvular heart disease from a reputable non-invasive cardiologist in Philadelphia, please contact us today.