Fratellone Medical Associates

NYC Valvular Heart Disease Treatment center in New York City

Valvular heart disease is a group of conditions that can lead to congestive heart failure. To understand valvular heart disease, you need to understand some basic heart anatomy. There are four heart valves: two valves that separate the two top chambers (the atria) from the bottom chambers (the ventricles). These valves are called the atrioventricular valves. The mitral valve separates the left atrium from the left ventricle and the tricuspid valve separates the right atrium from the right ventricle. There are also two valves that separate the ventricles from the body. The aortic valve separates the left ventricle from the body on the left and the pulmonic valve separates the right ventricle from the lungs on the right, both of which are called the semilunar valves. Any four of these four valves can have disease.

If the valve is leaky, then it is referred to as regurgitant or insufficient. If the valve is tight, then it is called tight or stenotic. There are even some patients born with such conditions, which are referred to as congenital. Some patients acquire valve disease by such conditions as rheumatic fever, heart attacks and infections (endocarditis). The natural history of valve disease progresses. Some of the symptoms of valve disease include shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness and even chest pain.

There are many conventional studies such as ELITE, CHARM and Val-HEFT that demonstrate the benefits of conventional medications in treating heart failure caused by valvular dysfunction. With the use of conventional medications such as diuretics, ACE (angiotension converting enzyme) inhibitors or ARB (angiotension receptor blocking) medications and beta blockers, the progression of valvular disease is slower.

There are also many herbs and supplements that can be used for valvular heart disease. Some of the natural supplements we use are the following:

Our approach at Fratellone medical treatment center is to provide our patients for extensive ongoing conventional medical care, while providing the most effective integration with alternative treatments.