Heart valve disease is a treatable condition if diagnosed early. If you are over 65 or think you may have any of the symptoms of heart valve disease, ask your GP for a check-up.
Diagnosis starts with a simple step – listening to the heart with a stethoscope. To diagnose heart valve disease, the doctor needs to use a stethoscope to listen for the characteristic heart “murmur” or “click-murmur” which is usually the first indication of a heart valve disorder.
Further diagnostic tests can then be undertaken, ranging from electrocardiography (recording the heart’s electrical activity), through to echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart). These and other more sophisticated diagnostic tests allow doctors to make a more accurate diagnosis of heart valve disease and determine the level of severity.
If you are worried that you may be suffering from heart valve disease, please go see your GP. Some patients have no clear symptoms so a check-up is necessary. Whereas other may suffer from shortness of breath, chest tightness and / or pain, fatigue, light-headedness, dizziness, fainting and difficulty exercising. It is important to diagnose heart valve disease as soon as possible in order to treat the disease successfully.
The downloadable resources available on this page have been designed to help you prepare for your visit to your GP and ensure you get the most efficient and helpful consultation possible.
Our Consultation Guide will provide you with information on heart valve disease and outlines the type of questions your doctor may ask you during a consultation about potential heart valve disease. It also provides you with useful hints and tips on how to prepare for the consultation and gives you suggestions as to the most useful questions you should ask your doctor.
Our Symptoms Tracker has been developed to help people, who think they may be suffering from heart valve disease, to capture their symptoms ahead of visiting their healthcare professional (HCP). These symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest tightness and / or pain, fatigue, light-headedness, dizziness, fainting and difficulty exercising.