Symptoms of Pulmonary Valve Disease

Both pulmonary valve stenosis and pulmonary valve regurgitation affect the ability of your heart to function properly.  

Symptoms of Pulmonary Valve Stenosis

Symptoms of pulmonary valve stenosis vary depending on how severe it is. People with mild pulmonary valve stenosis may have no symptoms. Symptoms for more severe pulmonary valve stenosis include:
  • Shortness of breath, especially when active
  • Fatigue, especially when you are active
  • Chest pain (angina), pressure or tightness
  • Feeling faint (syncope)
  • Swelling in the thigh, leg or ankle (edema)
  • Swelling in the belly or abdomen (ascites)

Symptoms of Pulmonary Valve Regurgitation

Many individuals with pulmonary valve regurgitation experience no symptoms for many years. In fact, some patients only find out they have pulmonary valve regurgitation when their doctor hears a specific type of murmur between heart beats. Over time, however, pulmonary valve regurgitation can cause the ventricle to enlarge and some patients may develop heart failure and the related symptoms, including:
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Fatigue and weakness, especially when active
  • Lightheadedness
  • Feeling faint (syncope)
  • Swelling in the thigh, leg or ankle (edema)
  • Swelling in the belly or abdomen (ascites) 

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