Heartbeat: other structural heart problems and their consequences

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BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC 33/FOX 44)

We continue our focus on structural heart problems, specifically the symptoms one might experience when one or more of the flaps on the valves of your heart don’t work the way they should.

The symptoms of heart valve disease vary depending on the severity of the disorder. As we’ve mentioned, many people with mold or moderate heart valve disorders don’t experience any symptoms. Experts say the presence of symptoms usually indicates the disorder is affecting blood flow. Those signs and symptoms may include:

*fatigue
*chest pain
*dizziness
*headaches
*fainting
*shortness of breath
*heart palpitations
*a cough
*water retention causing swelling in legs or abdomen

In next week’s Heartbeat, we’ll hear from Dr. Garland Green with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South about how much treatments have improved.


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