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Signs and Symptoms of Heart Valve Disorders 

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    Mitral Valve* Aortic Valve
Chest pain (angina) or tightness Yes, but rarely Uncommon
Fatigue during activity     Yes Yes
Shortness of breath, especially during physical activity Yes Occasional
Heart palpitations (rapid, fluttering heartbeat) Yes Yes, less common
Feeling faint, or fainting (syncope) with exertion Uncommon Yes   
Dizziness Uncommon Yes
Heart murmur Yes Yes; physician may hear this long before other symptoms are obvious
Swollen feet and ankles Yes Yes, less common
Frequent respiratory infections (bronchitis, for example) Yes Uncommon
Heavy coughing; blood-tinged mucous Yes Uncommon
Why do Valves Need to be Repaired or Replaced?
An overworked heart muscle, over time, becomes weaker, which leads to congestive heart failure. Signs and symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, swollen ankles and feet.

Signs and symptoms most often appear between the ages of 20 and 50 but even infants can be born with heart anomalies that your doctor can detect.

*Mitral valve stenosis may cause subtle symptoms only your doctor will be able to find. These include a heart murmur, lung congestion, irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia), blood clots and pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs)


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