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Heart Valve Surgery (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid Valves)


Heart valves can be abnormally formed as birth defects or damaged by rheumatic fever, bacterial infection. Valves can also degenerate with the normal aging process. To compensate for these valve disorders, the heart is forced to pump harder. This excess work can weaken the heart, causing it to enlarge, and cause shortness of breath, chest pain, increased fatigue, swelling of the ankles and legs, dizziness or fainting.

If medications are no longer able to control the symptoms, heart valve surgery may be recommended. Some valves can be surgically repaired to help them open or close more efficiently.

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596 Davis Drive, Newmarket, Ontario   L3Y 2P9
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