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.
Edward Assi, MD
Location and Office HoursAdvanced Heart Care
El Paso, TX 79902
- Las Palmas Medical Center
- Is there a cure for valvular heart disease?
How many people die annually from heart failure?
Discovery Health answered
Heart failure results in more than 300,000 deaths annually, according to an estimate from The National Institutes of Health.
How is congenital heart disease diagnosed?
A number of different diagnostic tests are done, both before and after birth, to determine what type of congenital heart disease a baby has.
Echocardiograms, which can be done before or after birth, use sounds to create a picture of the heart to visualize any structural abnormalities. Additionally, the doctor may insert a thin tube into your baby's blood vessels in a procedure called cardiac catheterization to further investigate abnormalities found in the echocardiogram. X-rays are another type of medical imaging used to look at the heart to determine if there is any fluid in the heart or if it is enlarged. Arterial blood gases, a pinprick blood test that measures the amount of oxygen in your blood, is also used to help your doctor diagnose congenital heart disease. Electrocardiograms (ECGs or EKGs), tests that measure the electrical activity of the heart, can also be used to detect any irregular heart rhythms.
Your pediatrician will also give your child a physical exam, in which they will listen to the heart and look for the signs and symptoms of congenital heart disease, such as difficulty breathing.
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