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what does the doctor listen for to hear my mitral stenosis?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Mitral valve: Auscultation with stethoscope reveals a murmur sound specific to mortal valve

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the causes mitral stenosis ?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Rheumaic fever: Usually repeated strep infections as a child lead to rheumatic fever which can scar the heart and make the valve thickened and hard to open.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for mitral stenosis?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Mitral stenosis: If severe, mitral stenosis is treated either with balloon valvuloplasty if the valve is not too calcified, or valve replacement.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What does mitral stenosis results in?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Depends on severity: Progressively restricted opening of the mitral valve, measured by serial echocardiography, results in higher pressures in the lung circulation and reduced cardiac output when exercising. Worsening shortness of breath and cardiac arrhythmias may be the result. There are evidence based guidelines to help your doctors decide when to intervene to improve quality and length of life.
A 39-year-old member asked:

When does mitral stenosis become a problem for a patient?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Severe blockage: In mitral stenosis , the opening of the mitral valve is too small. If it gets small enough, then the patient can begin to have symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue. So it depends on how severe the blockage is.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Why does a patient with mitral stenosis lay on his left side during auscultation?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Better to hear: It positions the tip of the left ventricle closer to the chest wall so that thye stethoscope has a better chance of hearing the low pitched murmur.

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