10 Things That Will Make Your Heart Valves Healthy

THEY NATURALLY WEAR DOWN

With all that opening and closing, they’re bound to see wear and tear eventually. ‘As people get older, it’s not unusual to see a thickening of the heart valves or a bit of an accumulation of calcium on them on a heart ultrasound,’ says Dr. Klodas.

A potentially life-threatening condition is called aortic stenosis, a severe thickening that begins to interfere with blood flow out of the heart. ‘Untreated, this has a worse outcome than metastatic cancer,’ she says. A heart valve replacement is one possible treatment.

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