Your body has four heart valves: the aortic, pulmonary, mitral and tricuspid. In a healthy heart, the four valves work as gatekeepers, letting blood flow in and out of your heart in the right direction. Heart valve disease is when one or more of those valves doesn’t open or close correctly.
Our Approach to Heart Valve Disease
There can be a number of reasons why a heart valve isn’t working properly, and those reasons don’t discriminate by age—some people are born with a heart valve defect.
Other causes include:
- Changes in the heart valve structure due to aging
- Coronary artery disease and heart attack
- Heart valve infection
- Birth defects
Mild heart valve disease may not cause any symptoms, but more serious cases may require medical or surgical intervention by a Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira cardiologist.