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What is VHD?Diagnosis and TreatmentRobotic Mitral ValveFAQs

What causes valvular heart disease?
What are the symptoms?
What are the risk factors?
If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?
Who provides the medical care?



1.  What causes valvular heart disease?

The causes of valvular heart disease are divided into two groups: congenital and acquired. If the cause is congenital, it is present at birth. Acquired causes can develop later in life and can be the result of structural changes in your heart valve or infection. In some cases, valvular heart disease is caused by coronary artery disease, heart attacks, hypertension, aneurysms, radiation and some drugs. Sometimes, the cause may be unknown.

2.  What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of valvular heart disease include weakness upon exertion, rapid heartbeat, discomfort in the chest, and fainting spells. Some patients do not experience any symptoms.

3.  What are the risk factors?

Risk factors are divided into two categories: major and contributing. The major risk factors of valvular heart disease are:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Gender (men have a higher risk than women)
  • Heredity
  • Age

Contributing risk factors of valvular heart disease are stress, hormones (such as HRT), birth control pills, and alcohol.

4.  If any medical treatments are ordered by my doctor, will my insurance cover them?

Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.

5.  Who provides the medical care?

The team at Advocate Christ Medical Center is staffed by specialized cardiologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, psychologists, and nutritionists who are dedicated to caring for patients with valvular heart disease. You will remain under the care of your primary care physician and cardiologist while you are treated by the specialists at Christ Medical Center. To ensure that your physician is kept up-to-date, our team will provide ongoing reports on the progress you have made.

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