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Heart valve disease

Valvular heart disease is any disease process involving one or more of the four valves of the heart. These conditions occur largely as a result of aging. Most people are in their late 50s when diagnosed, and more than one in ten people over 75 have it. Early detection may improve outcomes from surgery. Collectively and anatomically, the valves are part of the dense connective tissue makeup of the heart known as the cardiac skeleton. Valve problems may be congenital ...

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