Taking care of your heart can add years of active living to your life. There is no cure for heart valve disease, but lifestyle changes and regular medications can help relieve your symptoms and complications. Over time, you may need to have your heart valve replaced or repaired.
The team of heart and vascular experts at Novant Health can help you identify the lifestyle changes you need to make and prescribe the necessary medications to manage this disease. If it is determined that your faulty heart valve needs to be repaired or replaced, our team of heart surgeons will use the latest technology to restore your valve to a healthy state. We will help you overcome heart valve disease and reduce its impact on your life.
Valvular heart disease occurs when your heart's valves do not work correctly. It can be caused by valvular stenosis or valvular insufficiency. Valve disease causes your heart muscle to work harder to circulate the right amount of blood through your body.
Your cardiologist (heart doctor) will diagnose valve disease after:
Tests could include:
One of the most effective ways to fight heart valve disease is by making changes to your lifestyle. We recommend implementing the following changes in your everyday life:
Your doctor might ask you to start taking a daily dose of aspirin or another blood-thinning medication to reduce the risk of developing blood clots. Other medications like angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or calcium channel blockers may be recommended to control your blood pressure.
To avoid further complications with this disease, your doctor might recommend one of the following treatments we specialize in:
To learn more about our heart valve disease services or to make an appointment with one of our cardiovascular experts, contact the Novant Health location nearest you.
Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery