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How is heart valve disease (valvular heart disease) treated?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Not all valvular heart disease needs treatment, although treatment may become more necessary over time. Changing lifestyle factors is often the first step, including quitting smoking, exercising and eating a healthy diet. Medications are used to prevent blood clots and thin blood, especially when valves have been artificially replaced, prevent irregular heartbeats, get rid of excess fluid that often accompanies heart failure, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. When valvular heart disease becomes severe, heart valve repair and replacement may be necessary. There are different ways to repair and replace valves as well as different models of replacement valves.

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