Heart Valve Disease Risks, Signs and Symptoms

Updated:Jan 7,2015
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What do you need to know about people at risk for valve disease and valve problems? What symptoms do you need to watch for?


Checking for possible symptoms of valve disease is important, and it can be a critical part of deciding on the right treatment or the ideal time for valve surgery. Frequently, symptoms can worsen gradually over time, making it important for patients to track any changes.

However, people who have valve disease might not ever notice any symptoms.  

It's important to note that symptoms of valve disease, like chest pain, fatigue, lightheadedness, shortness of breath or syncope can be signs of several conditions. Review the symptoms page to read more about how symptoms can develop so gradually that they are never noticed.  

Visit risks for valve disease to see what makes a person at increased risk for developing a dangerous heart valve problem.

On the pages featured at the right, we have helpful articles and media to help you think through the symptoms and consider whether you may need treatment.  

This content was last reviewed on 03/26/14.

Resources For Heart Valve Patients

Learning about heart valves and your condition is one of the best first steps in your valve disease treatment process.

Heart Valve Problems and Disease


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