Valve disease services

 

Surgeons at workValve disease is a common cause of breathlessness and murmurs in all ages, particularly in people aged over 65.

Surgery is indicated for symptoms but also as a preventative measure, to avoid complications. Decisions about the appropriateness of surgery, its timing and whether repair rather than valve replacement can be performed are increasingly complex.

International consensus supports the presence of a cardiologist (heart doctor) specialising in valve disease in every cardiac centre.