7 Top Risk Factors for Heart Valve Disease

You should know the risk factors for heart valve disease.

Your heart valves are small flaps that open and close inside your heart, ensuring blood flows in the right direction in your body. Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of your heart valves don’t work well, and it can be an especially dangerous problem. Heart valve disease can mean many things, like having a valve that leaks or having heart valves that are stiff and don’t open easily. It can also mean that you develop a condition called aortic stenosis, where your aortic heart valve narrows and prevents blood from flowing freely out of your heart. While heart valve disease can ultimately affect anyone, there are some risk factors that might make you much more likely to develop this condition.

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