What is Heart Valve Disorder?

Your heart has four primary valves through which blood flows. The valves ensure the blood flows in the correct direction without leaking backward into the atria. Valves can malfunction in two primary ways:
  • Valvular stenosis: This condition occurs when the valve opening is smaller than normal, restricting healthy blood flow and forcing the heart to work harder.
  • Valvular insufficiency: The valve does not seal properly, allowing for blood to leak backward. Your heart has to compensate for the leaking valve and may decrease blood flow to other parts of the body or cause a "backflow" of blood into organs such as the lungs causing significant shortness of breath. 

What Symptoms are Associated with Heart Valve Disorder?

Common symptoms of heart valve disorder include:
  • Shortness of breath during exercise of when you lay down flat on your back
  • Weakness, lethargy, or dizzy spells
  • Angina or chest pain
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Sudden swelling in the ankles, feet, or abdomen

How Can My Cardiovascular Specialist Treat Heart Valve Disorder?

Dr. Kevin A. Courville will work with you to develop a dynamic treatment plan that attempts to prevent further valve damage, alleviate symptoms, and, in the case of surgery, replace or repair valves.

Talk to Your Acadiana Cardiologists About Your Heart Health

To schedule an appointment with Heart & Vascular Associates of Acadiana, please contact our office at (377) 534-4356. Our four offices proudly serve patients in the Lafayette community as well as the entire Acadiana region.