NCH Heart Institute

Valve Disease
 


Heart Institute

Downtown Naples
399 9th Street North
Suite 300
Naples, FL 34102
tel: (239) 624-4200
fax: (239) 624-4201

Hours
M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm


Bonita Springs
Suite 200
27160 Bay Landing Drive
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
tel: (239) 390-1562
fax: (239) 948-9042

Hours
M -F 8:00am - 4:30pm

Valve Disease -Valvular Heart Disease

Heart valves direct the blood flow within the four chambers of the heart. If the valves malfunction, symptoms may occur. The most common problems caused by valve disease are narrowing or leaking of a valve.

Narrowing of a Valve Leaky Valve
Valvular stenosis occurs when the valve does not open properly. This narrowing from scar tissue or calcium deposits, causes the heart to work harder, which over time can cause the heart to weaken and fail. When a valve does not close properly, it causes blood to leak backwards. This may cause the heart to work harder and can result in a weakened or failing heart.

Normal Valve Open

Normal Valve Closed

Stenosed Valve Open
Leaky Valve Closed