Sadly not all heart valve disease can be treated by keyhole or surgical operations. There are a small set of patients that cannot undergo valvular intervention due to either frailty, technical reasons or other comorbid illness.

If symptoms of heart valve disease are not adequately managed by your cardiologist then they may seek specialist help from a palliative care team. Palliative care is specialised medical care for people  facing a serious illness like untreatable heart valve disease. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life and control symptoms.

Many patients find the input they receive from a palliative care specialist to be extremely helpful both from a symptomatic perspective and from an emotional and psychological support perspective.