Dr. Aklog describes the causes of heart valve disease.
There are a variety of causes of heart disease. The most common is a process that’s simply called degenerative heart disease, which is essentially wear and tear of the valves and the various components, structures of the valve that prevent it from functioning normally.
There’s some other causes such as infections. You can have heart attack or damage to the heart muscle; it can cause the heart to not function properly. People can have trauma or injury to the valves of the heart. Patients can have rheumatic heart disease, which results from having had a disease called rheumatic fever as a child which causes inflammation and abnormalities on the heart. So there are a variety of different causes, but again, the most common is a process called degenerative valve disease or essentially wear and tear.
About Dr. Aklog, M.D.:
Dr. Lishan Aklog is the current Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Director of EmpowHer's Medical Advisory Board. Specializing in adult cardiac care, he graduated from Harvard College followed by Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aklog was a cardiothoracic resident at Brigham and Women’s/Boston Children’s Hospital, an Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and completed international fellowships in London, England and Paris, France.
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