A doctor would often detect heart murmurs through auscultation with a stethoscope as the first sign of valvular heart disease — a sound that occurs when blood flows through the heart valve that does not open or close effectively.
You may experience mild to moderate symptoms. However, these symptoms often come on gradually and become progressively worse, which eventually leads to heart failure.
Common symptoms include:
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or feeling pain
- Shortness of breath
- Ankle swelling
- Rapid weight gain
It is important to note that the symptoms you experience may not necessarily reflect the seriousness of your condition, which is why it is very important to run tests to measure the extent of the damage and to closely monitor the issue.