Valvular heart disease affects the valves that regulate blood flow in your heart. There are four valves, which open and close in harmony to optimize the passage of blood in and out of your heart.
If you've got valvular heart disease, it means your valves aren't working properly because they're too narrow or stiff. As a result, your heart has to work harder to keep pumping blood.
Sudden onset valvular heart disease might cause symptoms such as:
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
Regular heart health checks and tests such as the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test can be performed at Vein & Cardiovascular Center to help you avoid the risks of untreated valvular heart disease by picking up the condition early on.