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Heart Valve Disease Awareness: Why it Matters

Heart valve disease is one of the most common cardiac issues. Would you believe us if we told you as many as 11 million Americans are currently living with the disease?

Unfortunately, not many people know about heart valve disease. According to a recent study, three out of four Americans know little to nothing about heart valve disease. Let’s change that statistic.

Healthy heart valves keep blood flowing in the right direction while carrying oxygen and nutrients to the body. Heart valve disease is caused when one or more of the valves doesn't open or close properly, which means the heart has to work harder and the body gets less oxygen. This can lead to a number of symptoms.

Heart valve disease symptoms are often difficult to detect or dismissed as a normal part of aging. Some may never notice any symptoms at all. The symptoms affiliated with the disease include chest pain, fatigue, lightheadedness, shortness of breath and decrease in physical capacity.

Regular check-ups are key to the proper treatment of any heart valve problems. Seek immediate medical treatment if you are experiencing any of the signs outlined above.

To schedule an appointment, please call 918-592-0999.