Most valve conditions can't be treated with medication alone. However, sometimes the problem is not severe enough to require surgical repair, but it is bothersome enough to cause symptoms or risks. In cases like these, a condition might be effectively managed for a while with medication.
In some cases, medications may be prescribed for patients with valvular disease to:
- Reduce unpleasant symptoms that accompany milder forms of the disorder.
- Maintain heart rhythm if a related arrhythmia is present.
- Reduce calcification in and around coronary arteries.
- Lower the patient’s risk for clotting and stroke.
Valve dysfunction is a progressive disease, and among those who receive no treatment, the outlook can be poor. Many who do receive treatment go on to live very full and healthy lives, especially when their cardiovascular risks are otherwise low. For some patients, the procedure gives them over 15 years longer lifespan.