When the four heart valves around your heart are functioning properly they allow blood to flow in one direction either toward or away from your heart. When not functioning properly, heart valves can allow blood to flow in the wrong direction, known as regurgitation. Other forms of valvular disease include valvular stenosis or insufficiency and others. Learn the causes of heart valve conditions, symptoms and treatment methods as well as methods of prevention.
Calcified Abdominal Aorta, Say What? Learn all about the causes and risk factors associated with a calcified abdominal aorta. Most importantly, read about the three main calcified abdominal aorta treatment methods.
Understanding Heart Murmurs A murmur is a heart condition that may or may not be serious. Find out about what a heart murmur is, how it is recognized and when it should be of concern.
What is the Long-term Outcome for Mitral Valve Repair? The heart is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood around the body and returning deoxygenated blood to the lungs. The mitral valve repair long term outcome is generally favorable in patients undergoing surgery to correct mitral valve stenosis or regurgitation.
An Overview of Aortic Atherosclerosis This article discusses the serious and potentially deadly condition aortic atherosclerosis. Several causes of this condition are discussed as well as information concerning treatments and complications related to this illness.
Cardiac Tamponade - An Overview What is cardiac tamponade? Here we will provide a detailed overview of this life-threatening condition that affects the heart.
An Overview of Pulmonary Valve Stenosis The function of the heart's valves is to prevent blood flowing backwards. Pulmonary valve stenosis is a condition affecting one of the heart's four valves: the pulmonary valve. This article describes how the heart valve works and the symptoms and treatments associated with this condition.
Heart Valve Repair and Heart Valve Replacement Surgery Heart valve repair and heart valve replacement surgery is required when a person has a valve defect or when damage is present. Learn the different types of replacement and repair procedures and what they consist of.
A Guide to First Degree Heart Block A mild slowing down of the conduction of electrical impulses between the chambers of the heart is a first degree heart block. Is it something to be concerned about? Find out more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of this condition.