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?
What medical history questions might my doctor ask related to heart health?
The first step in the process of diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease is a visit with your doctor to discuss your risk factors for developing cardiac disease, as well as any cardiac symptoms you may be having. As a part of this office visit, your physician will ask you about your personal and family medical history. For example:
- Have you ever been treated for high blood pressure, or been told that you have hypertension?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Have you been told you have high cholesterol?
- How much do you smoke?
Your doctor will also likely ask questions related to your family’s heart health such as the following:
- Has anyone in your family had a heart attack or stroke, and at what age?
- Has anyone been told they have coronary artery disease or heart disease?
- Has anyone had bypass surgery or undergone a procedure to have blockages in their arteries opened?
Your answers to these questions and others will help your physician determine your risk level for cardiovascular disease and whether gathering more information through tests may be beneficial.
How do other illnesses affect congenital heart disease?
You should always be very careful about getting sick. One disease in particular that you should be careful of is infective endocarditis, a bacterial infection of the heart. Since your heart has already been weakened by your congenital heart defect, you can succumb more easily to infection. In addition, any disease that has the potential to damage your heart can possibly be more serious, as your heart is already damaged.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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