What Are The Symptoms Of Heart Valve Disorders?

By Adam Pick - Patient, Author & HeartValveSurgery.com Founder

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 infection. 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
  • Dizziness

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.

Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.