The valves that separate the heart chambers can become stiff and limit the heart’s ability to pump effectively or close effectively. Today there are several treatment options, including minimally invasive heart valve replacement, traditional heart valve replacement, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and balloon valvulolasty. There is not one treatment option that is best for every condition, so discuss these options with your cardiologist.
Symptoms of Heart Valve Conditions
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained recent weight gain
- Unexplained fever
- Chest discomfort
Diagnosing Heart Valve Conditions
Your cardiologist will examine you and gain a thorough history of your condition. After their initial analysis, they may order an echocardiogram followed by a cardiac catheterization so that further exact measurements. Through these tests, the heart arteries can be assessed in preparation for valve replacement. For questions about these procedures, please call (252) 384-4703.