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  1. valvular heart disease(noun)

    heart disease caused by stenosis of the cardiac valves and obstructed blood flow or caused by degeneration and blood regurgitation


  1. Heart valve disease

    Valvular heart disease is any disease process involving one or more of the four valves of the heart. These conditions occur largely as a result of aging. Most people are in their late 50s when diagnosed, and more than one in ten people over 75 have it. According to Professor Ben Bridgewater, consultant cardiac surgeon at University Hospital of South Manchester, ‘If the disease is picked up early, the outcomes from surgery are very good. Life expectancy goes back to match that of healthy people the same age. Collectively and anatomically, the valves are part of the dense connective tissue makeup of the heart known as the cardiac skeleton. Valve problems may be congenital or acquired. Treatment may be with medication but often involves valve repair or replacement. Specific situations include those where additional demands are made on the circulation, such as in pregnancy.


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