Heart Disease: Structural Heart Disease

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What Is A Structural Heart Disorder?


A structural heart disorder is a condition in which there is irregularity with one or more of the heart’s structures. This can frequently refer to congenital heart diseases in which a person is born with some structural abnormalities. These conditions are typically discovered during childhood.


For adults, the term “structural heart disorder” frequently refers to an issue with one of the heart’s valves, such as the aortic or mitral valve. These types of disorders are seen quite often.


Other types of structural disorders that are frequently diagnosed relate to having a “holes” in the heart tissue. These can be occur in both the atrial and ventricular septum and are referred to as “atrial and ventricular septal defects”. These holes in the different sections of the heart can lead to people having significant symptoms and often need to be repaired.