Many people with mild valve disease do not exhibit any symptoms and can easily be undiagnosed and untreated. The severity of the symptoms does not necessarily correlate to the severity of the valve disease. You could have no symptoms at all, yet have severe valve disease.
It is important to realize that once this disease becomes severe and symptoms develop, it is life-threatening. Watch for:
- Unusual fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Fainting, difficulty exercising
- Palpitations, chest pain
- Rapid weight gain
Patients with severe aortic stenosis may experience debilitating symptoms, such as:
- Severe shortness of breath leading to gasping-even at rest
- Chest pain or tightness
- Difficulty exercising
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Call your physician if you develop persistent shortness of breath, palpitations or dizziness and if you are experiencing chest pain, do not delay, call 9-1-1.