KNOW YOUR RISK
If you have a known valve deformity, there are additional things you need to be on the lookout for. For example: dental cleanings. Something as minor as that can dislodge bacteria into your bloodstream, infecting a valve. ‘Bacteria can stick on them and create more havoc,’ says Dr. Dave.
The damage can cause a leaky heart valve, which can be dangerous; you may want to discuss potential preventive options—like antibiotics—with your doctor. It’s yet another reason to be informed about your health and work closely with your healthcare provider.