Heart Valve Problems

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Lim offers Heart Valve Problems in her cardiology clinic at  Singapore which can develop very quickly if the condition of the heart is very crucial. Valves control blood flow through the heart. Valve issues may be due to problems with valves opening or closing. If the problem is with opening, the valve is stenosed. If the problem is with closing, the valve is leaking.

Education and awareness of this disease are a must because the risk and damage factor is very high.

What are the symptoms of Heart Valve Problems?

  • Chest pain
  • Short of breath
  • Lightheaded
  • Sores on feets
  • Weakness / Fatigue
  • Feeling tired

Damaged valves affect a person’s blood flow. If a valve doesn’t open fully, it will stop the flow of the blood, leading to what we call a “ Valve Stenosis”. It will give your heart a strain and when the valve doesn’t close properly, it will cause the blood to leak backward. This event is called “Regurgitation” or “Leaky Valve”.

If anyone is born with an abnormal valve or is going through rheumatic fever, cardiomyopathy, heart attack, old age, or Endocarditis, it will cause Heart Valve Disease.

What is the treatment for Heart Valve Problems?

Heart valve disease can be diagnosed by an expert heart doctor. You can visit your family doctor for concerns.  An echocardiogram is the best test for diagnosis. You have to visit your doctor for a routine check-up if your system is getting worse day by day. The doctor will suggest your treatment chart on your health improvements. They can also prescribe medicines if all things are in place and if your disease is getting crucial, they will suggest heart valve surgery.

Sometimes doctors treat patients with Balloon Valvuloplasty. It’s part of Cardiac Catheterization. Regular monitoring with 2D Echo. May need surgery.

Contact Heart specialist Dr.Lim Ing Haan at an Interventional Cardiology (heart & vascular) Clinic in Singapore immediately today for an accurate diagnosis.