The symptoms associated with pulmonary valve disease may include; fatigue, increased shortness of breath on effort, chest pain and loss of consciousness.
Pulmonary Valve Disease is often picked up in childhood but can remain undetected until later life. It may be picked up in routine examination through heart sounds by your doctor but will require formal diagnosis by echocardiogram to assess function, structure and severity of narrowing. CT and MRI may also be requested to assist with the diagnosis.
Treatment depends on the severity of the problem and will include medication to control the underlying cause or pulmonary valve repair or replacement. In mild cases, no treatment may be necessary, however regular checks will be required to monitor any change.
This scan is used to ascertain the risk of a heart attack or stroke within the next 5-10 years. [READ MORE]
An ‘echo’ is an ultrasound scan of the heart to assess structure and function. [READ MORE]
These scans enable cardiologists to view detailed images of the heart’s anatomy. [READ MORE]
Sometimes an ‘echo’ scan of the heart requires an ultrasound probe to be passed down the food pipe to provide a clearer image. [READ MORE]