Dr. Bernardo Lopez-Sanabria, Interventional Cardiologist at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, says there are no many medications to treat heart valve disease. "Aspirin is being used for the treatment of coronary artery disease or obstruction in the arteries of the heart, and it is also being used for stroke prevention and many," he says. Dr. Ramon Quesada, Structural Heart and Complex PCI Programs at the same institution, highlights that now they can use less invasive technologies to improve the quality of life of the patient.
Dr. Ramon Quesada, Structural Heart and Complex PCI Programs at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, explains PCI stands for Percutaneous Coronary Interventions and it means doctors use little catheters through the skin, inside the heart and open arteries that are blocked. With this speciality that has more than 40 years, according to him, the Structural Heart and Complex PCI Programs is part of the field of blockage that are more simple or complex in the arteries of the heart.
Older age, history of infections affecting the heart, history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and congenital heart disease are some of the risk factors that you have to be aware of, because they can lead to valve heart disease. Concerning interventions, Dr. Ramon Quesada, Structural Heart and Complex PCI Programs at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, says any surgical procedure has possible complications, but with the use of less invasive procedures the chance of having complications is reduced.
Some of the symptoms of valve heart disease are chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, swelling of the ankles, feet or abdomen, weakness or dizziness and quick weight gain. Dr. Ramon Quesada, Structural Heart and Complex PCI Programs at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, says most of the time those symptoms occur when the disease is advanced, so the most challenging thing is to detect it in early stages to set a treatment that will improve patients' outcome.
You can prevent a heart disease choosing lifestyle remedies, such as heart-healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical activity, managing stress and avoiding tobacco. "Heart disease can be prevented, but a structural heart valve disease is a little bit different. You can prevent the consequences by doing healthy exercise, etc., but the structural damage of the heart is there. So we need to detect early, that's the most important thing", says Dr. Ramon Quesada, Structural Heart and Complex PCI Programs at Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute.