Heart valve disease happens when one or more of the four valves of the heart do not open and close the way they should with each heartbeat.
Aurora Health Care has more experience than anyone in the region in treating people with structural heart disease, including all types of valve disease. We offer minimally invasive procedures that treat heart valve disease very effectively, giving people the energy to return to their everyday activities.
The types of heart valve disease include:
The most common symptom of heart valve disease is an unusual heartbeat or a heart murmur.
Other symptoms include:
Some people are born with heart valve disease. Others develop it as a result of other conditions that affect the size or flexibility of their heart valves.
Conditions that can cause heart valve disease include:
Find out more about specific types of heart valve disease:
Some people who have heart valve disease don’t know it until the disease has progressed and is becoming serious. At your annual check-up, you and your doctor can discuss your heart health, your symptoms and your family history. These discussions can help identify heart valve disease as early as possible.
To provide a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan, we may use tests and diagnostic procedures such as:
Learn more about heart and vascular testing and diagnosis at Aurora.
If you’re diagnosed with heart valve disease, we will work with you on a treatment plan tailored to your needs. It may include medication and lifestyle changes, like eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking and limiting intense exercise.
We might recommend a medical procedure to improve heart valve function, such as: