What Are The Symptoms Of Heart Valve Disorders?
Symptoms Of Congenital and Degenerative Heart Valve Defects and Disorders
There are a number of symptoms which may appear for a patient suffering from a heart valve disorder including aortic stenosis, mitral valve regurgitation, mitral valve prolapse and bacterial endocarditis. That said, it is important to regularly monitor those symptoms to prevent against damage to the heart (e.g. dilation) and congestive heart failure.
Common Heart Valve Symptoms
Some of the most common heart valve symptoms referenced by The Cleveland Clinic are:
- Shortness of breath, especially with exertion or when you lie down
- Fatigue, especially during times of increased activity
- Cough, especially at night or when lying down
- Heart palpitations
- Swollen feet or ankles
- Chest pain (angina) or tightness
However, please note these symptoms do not always appear, or manifest, simultaneously for a patient. Many patients, including me, can be asymptomatic for moderate, and even severe, heart valve disorders including stenosis and regurgitation.
Author's Note: My Personal Story With Valve Disorder Symptoms? As you may have read in my story, I had severe aortic stenosis and regurgitation when I learned that I needed a heart valve replacement.
The interesting thing to note was that I had almost no symptoms of my heart valve defect. Of the symptoms listed above, I only experienced one symptom which led me to seek medical help.
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.