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Should I talk to my doctor about my valvular heart disease symptoms?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If you have valvular heart disease symptoms such as shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), or chest pain, you should go to the emergency room. As well, if you are a current patient with valvular heart disease, you should report any change in your symptoms to your doctor. For example, if you have new swelling or feel more tired than usual, alert your doctor. You should also let your doctor know immediately if you have symptoms of infective endocarditis, which is a serious condition; you may feel tired, have trouble breathing, have a fever and chills, have night sweats, develop swelling around your ankles, and have achy muscles.

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