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Valvular Heart Disease

Valvular heart disease affects your heart’s ability to perform its job of pumping blood through your body effectively. When the valves of your heart become compromised by valvular heart disease, your health -- and ultimately, your life -- may be in danger.

The team at Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC will work directly with your primary physician to diagnose and treat all types of cardiovascular disorders, including valvular heart disease. We have the specialized skills and advanced training to provide comprehensive valvular heart disease treatment, as well as minimally-invasive interventional heart valve repair.

As an independent group of medical specialists who provide cardiovascular care for office and hospital patients, we make every effort to deliver personalized, professional services to each person we see. If you’re ready to receive the best care available in Pittsburgh for your valvular heart disease, schedule your first appointment with Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC.


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Treatment for Valvular Heart Disease Symptoms

In your heart, four valves work to ensure that blood flows in the proper direction to reach all the areas of your body. Valvular heart disease causes an irregularity in the function of these valves in which they cannot open or close the way they should. Sometimes heart valve disease affects just one valve; other times, it affects multiple.

Some patients who live with valvular heart disease don’t experience symptoms for years. When these symptoms do present, they can include:

  • Pain in the chest
  • Swelling in the abdomen
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arrhythmia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • A heart murmur, or whooshing noise, when the heart is heard through a stethoscope
  • Swelling in the feet and ankles
  • Fainting or feeling faint

The type of treatment you’ll need for your valvular heart disease depends on the type and severity of your condition. At Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC, we provide Interventional Cardiology services should they become necessary, as well as Clinical Cardiology services to monitor your condition moving forward.

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To ensure the safety of you surgical procedure, pre-operative cardiac evaluation is often recommended to decrease risk.  Our team at Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC will work with your surgeon to optimize your cardiac care during and after the surgical procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is heart disease diagnosed?

At Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC, we utilize a number of cutting-edge techniques and technologies to provide accurate diagnoses for patients with cardiac concerns, including heart valve tests for valvular heart disease. To learn more, read our page on Diagnostic Cardiology & Nuclear Imaging.

Can you consult on valvular heart disease via telemedicine?

The team at Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC is proud to provide consultative services via telemedicine to offer our patients a safe, convenient method of managing their heart health. If you have questions about our telemedicine capabilities, don’t hesitate to ask us.

How can I get started with the best cardiologist near me?

The team at Shadyside Cardiovascular, PLLC wants to make scheduling your first appointment with us as easy as possible. Just use our online tool to schedule with us, or give us a call at (412) 688-6414.