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how does mitral stenosis affect the heart?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Depends: Mitral stenosis(ms) can cause a variety of symptoms depending on severity. Severe MS can cause left atrial enlargement leading to afib and since the mv is the "door "to the left ventricle there is decrease in cardiac out put.Pressure builds up behind it and back in to the lungs and can cause congestive heart failure.Ms pts can get their valve replaced and reverse many of these if done early enough.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Mitral valve: Valves are like doors, they have to open and close. Mitral stenosis is when the mitral valve doesn't open enough. This causes shortness of breath by forcing lung pressure up. Repair or replacement of the symptomatic valve improves the problem, if surgery possible, medical therapy less effective long term.

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Should a heart murmur cause concern in pregnancy?

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Yes: In many normal pregnancies a heart murmur can develop as a result of the increase in blood volume that occurs during pregnancy. The vast majority of heart murmurs are harmless but in rare cases, they may suggest a problem with the mother’s heart valves. A physician can evaluate your condition and determine the cause of a murmur and whether it is something that needs further treatment or concern.
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How can I decrease my resting heart rate below 70?

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Surgery: Spinal stenosis is when the spinal canal is too narrow for the nerve elements. This can be a congenital or acquired in origin. When surgery is indicated, one of the mosf common is a laminectomy which is a removal of the "roof" of the spine freeing up or decompressing the nerve tissues, a decompression.
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Can exercise clear out heart inflamation?

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Cardio conditioning: There are many causes of cardiac inflammation--infections, drug/chemo, radiation effects, excess alcohol, rheumatologic diseases, uncontrolled diabetes etc..While exercise itself does not get rid of inflammation in the heart, it may improve heart function and general health. It can help lower cholesterol/sugar, blood pressure and thus better heart-health. Other diseases must be treated. Good luck.
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Heart stent question please help me find how to research it?

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