Not everyone will experience symptoms with their heart valve disease. As the disease worsens, however, symptoms may include getting tired easily, shortness of breath and swelling of the feet and ankles.
Nine months after an endocarditis bacterial infection suddenly scarred the lining of previously healthy Andrew Z.’s heart valve, an echocardiogram ordered by the 35-year-old's Jeanes Hospital cardiologist appeared worrisome.
At age 84, James discovered that his aortic valve was damaged and needed to be replaced. Having undergone open heart surgery for another condition years before, James had already experienced a lengthy and painful recovery process, and did not want to endure another traditional procedure. Instead, he came to the Temple Heart & Vascular Institute for a minimally-invasive treatment option - transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Doris O., a 78-year- old from Northeast Philadelphia, has always been very active. Up to this year, she had not seen a doctor in more than 20 years. She took no medications. And, as far as she knew, she never had a heart problem.