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Valve and Structural Heart Disease

Valve and Structural Heart Disease

Transthoracic two-dimensional color Doppler echocardiographyYour heart has four valves with tissue flaps that open and close with every heartbeat. These flaps act as a roadmap for the heart, guiding blood flow in the right direction through the four chambers of your heart and throughout your body. If a problem occurs with one of your heart valves, our structural heart teams are here to help you.

Although some people have heart valve defects they are born with or disease that has developed over time, they may not have symptoms or even any problems. In other cases, the heart valve problem may worsen and cause symptoms to develop. When left untreated, advanced heart valve disease can cause heart failure, stroke, blood clots, or even death.

  • Aortic Disease- A condition that affects the aorta. The aorta, the largest artery, is the blood vessel that transports oxygen-rich blood from the heart throughout the body.
  • Aneurysm- An aneurysm occurs when the wall of the aorta weakens and causes the wall to expand. Aneurysms can happen throughout the aorta.
  • Mitral Regurgitation- Blood should flow in one direction from the ventricle through the aortic valve. Mitral regurgitation occurs when some blood leaks back through the mitral valve, causing increased blood volume and higher blood pressure in that area. In severe cases fluid can buildup in the lungs. Mitral regurgitation can raise the risk of irregular heartbeats, stroke and heart failure.
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse - A condition in which the tissues of the valve stretch out and become leaky.
  • Valvular Stenosis - A condition in which the valve is narrowed because of stiffening that occurs to leaflets in the valve.

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