10 Things That Will Make Your Heart Valves Healthy

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.

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