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What increases my risk for valvular heart disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are many risk factors for valvular heart disease, but some of the most important include your age, lifestyle, having certain other illnesses, and having risk factors, such as IV drug use, for infective endocarditis. Older people are more likely to develop problems with their heart valves, although some people are born with heart valve conditions. Lifestyle factors like smoking, not exercising, and having an unhealthy diet increase your risk for valvular disease. In addition, having illnesses such as diabetes is a risk factor. A family history of early heart disease is a further indicator that you may be at risk for this condition.

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