Heart Valve Disease and Seniors – Causes, Symptoms, and Risks

Home Care in Avondale AZ


Heart valve disease is a common health problem among seniors. This condition occurs when all four heart valves are stenotic, or hardened. The names of the four heart valves are the tricuspid, mitral, pulmonary, and aortic valves. With each heartbeat the tissue flaps on each valve open and close. These flaps ensure that blood flows in the right direction through the four valves and the rest of the body.

Heart valve disease can increase the elder’s risk of sudden death or increase the problems and complications in the heart. If your loved one lives alone, a home care provider can help by taking care of your loved one and watching for any alarming symptoms that may require medical attention. The best way you can  help a loved one with heart valve disease is by becoming educated on the disease. Here are the most common causes, symptoms, and risks associated with heart valve disease.



The causes of heart valve disease are often unknown, but there are some ways that may increase the elder’s chances of developing this disease, like:

  • Age
  • Developing bacterial endocarditis, which is an infection in the inner lining of the heart muscle and heart valves
  • High blood pressure and atherosclerosis
  • A heart attack
  • Other health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, carcinoid tumors, syphilis, or systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Methysergide, which is a medication that is used to treat migraine headaches
  • Radiation therapy
  • Rheumatic fever



Symptoms of heart valve disease can occur very quickly and with very little warning. Keep in mind that the symptoms do not correlate to the severity of the disease. For example, seniors with no symptoms could have a severe case of heart valve disease, while someone with severe symptoms could have a very mild heart valve disease. Some of the symptoms to watch for include:

  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Palpitations or chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Fever



Some of the risk factors can be prevented, while others can’t. Some of the risk factors that can’t be prevented include age and congenital heart problems. Some risk factors that can be prevented are infections and untreated strep throat.

Heart valve disease can be extremely dangerous to the health of elderly adults. As long as they are getting regular checkups from their doctor, are eating a healthy diet, and are exercising regularly, they will be able to lower their risk of developing this serious medical condition.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Avondale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Elite Senior Homecare Services at (623) 285-6397. Quality Home Care & Assisted Living Placement Service in Sun City West, Peoria, Surprise and the surrounding areas.



Joseph Njenga, CEO

I am excited to be the CEO of Elite Senior Homecare Services mission in serving our wonderful seniors. I started my career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked in that capacity for several years. I decided to go back to school to pursue Licensed Practical Nurse. I have worked with seniors in Rehabilitation Centers, Long term Care Centers and Special Care Units for seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. I have also worked with residents with Traumatic Brain Injury and stroke in group homes and as an administrator of assisted Living facilities. At Elite Senior Home Care Services, we are committed to giving our esteemed clients quality care to allow them to live in their homes for as long as possible. Our dedicated team of care managers, compassionate and professional caregivers will be happy to care for your loved one.