Valve disease usually advances slowly, giving the body time to adjust. You may not notice the onset of any symptoms early on. Additionally, the severity of the symptoms does not necessarily correlate to the severity of the valve disease. That is, you could have no symptoms at all, but have severe valve disease.
When symptoms do occur, they are similar to those associated with congestive heart failure:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Fatigue or decreased ability to exercise
- Swelling in the legs
- Dizziness or fainting (with aortic stenosis).
- Rapid weight gain.