While there is no cure for valvular heart disease, there are many treatments as well as many steps you can take to manage your condition. If your valvular heart disease is mild, you may not need treatment for many years. You may also be able to prevent your condition from worsening by following healthy lifestyle practices such as exercising, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy diet. As valvular heart disease progresses, treatments, including medications and surgery, are available. These are not cures but can help resolve the symptoms of valvular heart disease as well as restore and maintain cardiac health.
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- Is there a cure for valvular heart disease?
How do I manage my valvular heart disease on a daily basis?
Making and keeping regular medical appointments, following medical advice, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are all important in successfully managing valvular heart disease. If your condition is mild, going to medical appointments can help prevent your condition from getting worse. Your doctor will monitor you for any new symptoms that develop over time. Taking medication as prescribed, being aware of symptoms that could signal an infection (infective endocarditis), such as fever, chills, and difficulty breathing, and following your doctor's advice concerning exercise will also help. Eating a healthy diet and not smoking are further steps to take in managing valvular heart disease.
What is end-stage heart failure?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredEnd-stage heart failure is a disease in which the heart muscle is failing severely in its attempt to pump blood through the body, and in which all other available treatments are no longer helping to improve the heart's function. End-stage heart failure is the final stage of heart failure. Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, or CHF, is a condition that occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood sufficiently. Despite its name, a diagnosis of heart failure does NOT mean the heart is about to stop beating. The term "failure" refers to the fact that the heart muscle is failing to pump blood in the normal manner because it has become weakened.
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