Though antibiotics used to be widely recommended for people with heart valve disease before a dental procedure, newer guidelines reserve that recommendation for only people most at-risk for infective endocarditis.
Your heart is a powerful pump. Disease can result in plumbing, wiring, structure and/or muscle problems. Our experts explain the four major types of heart disease and how they are treated.
Leaking or narrowing of valves present problems for your heart. Find out what your surgeon will consider when deciding whether a heart valve repair or replacement is best for you.
A repaired or replaced valve may imitate a healthy, surgically untouched valve. However, it simply is not the same. For your long-term health, you should visit your cardiologist regularly.