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Heart Valve Disease: Symptoms & Signs

Heart valve disease refers to a defect or damage to any of the four valves inside the heart. The valves of the heart include the aortic, pulmonary, tricuspid, and mitral valves.

Signs and symptoms of heart valve disease depend on the severity of the damage to the valve and the exact valve involved. Signs and symptoms associated with heart valve disease can include

  • rapid weight gain,
  • palpitations,
  • chest discomfort,
  • weakness,
  • dizziness,
  • shortness of breath,
  • fainting, and
  • swelling of the feet, ankles, or abdomen.

A heart murmur is a common symptom of heart valve disease.

Cause of heart valve disease

Heart valve disease can be present as the result of a birth defect (congenital) or may be acquired. Causes of acquired heart valve disease include coronary artery disease, heart attack, cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), syphilis, high blood pressure, aortic aneurysms, and certain connective tissue diseases.

Other heart valve disease symptoms and signs

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/14/2019


In the U.S., 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. See Answer
Medically Reviewed on 10/14/2019

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