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Millions of people over 65 have heart valve disease. Half don’t even know it. Are you or a loved one at risk? Watch Don & Peg’s story
Great question. You’re probably familiar with heart disease, but most people have never even heard of heart valve disease (HVD). It’s a condition where one or more of your heart valves don’t work properly, making it more difficult for blood to flow through your body.
There are many types of HVD, including aortic stenosis, which is one of the most common. If you don’t treat HVD, it can get worse and even lead to death.
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There are many different tests to check for heart valve disease, but one of the most accurate ways is with an echocardiogram, a painless heart ultrasound. Use our discussion guide or telehealth guide to ask your doctor about symptoms, risk factors, and getting tested.
There’s no one cause of heart valve disease, but it’s important to know what can put you at risk:
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Heart disease, also known as “cardiovascular disease,” is a general term for all heart conditions. Heart valve disease is a specific type that many people aren’t aware of, which is why it’s so important to talk to your doctor if you have symptoms or are over 65.