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What are risks of diseased heart valves?

The major risk of diseased heart valves is that the heart muscle has to work harder and eventually gets weaker.

Diseased heart valves may cause shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, fainting, swelling, palpitations, and chest tightness. Cardiothoracic surgeons can replace or repair heart valves to relieve symptoms and prolong life.

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