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Valvular Heart Disease
Signs & Symptoms
The common signs and symptoms of valvular heart disease include:
1. Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath during normal daily activities or when an individual lies down flat.
2. Fatigue or dizziness: An individual suffering from valvular heart disease may feel weak and dizziness could also occur.
3. Discomfort in chest: An effected individual may experience pressure or weight in the chest or when exposed to cold air.
4. Palpitations: A rapid heart rhythm, irregular heart beat, skipped beats or flip-flop feelings could be experienced in the chest.
5. Edema: Swelling of ankles, feet or abdomen is called edema. Bloated feeling due to swelling in belly may also be experienced.
6. Gain of weight: Rapid gain of about two or three pounds in one day is possible.
The above symptoms do not necessarily mean that an individual suffers from valvular heart disease. Sometimes, no symptoms are exhibited yet an individual could be suffering from severe valve disease (16).
Article by Kona Vishnu, MS
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