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What is mitral valve stenosis?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
Narrowing: This is a narrowing of the valve opening usually caused by rheumatic fever. It eventually leads to respiratory symptoms and heart failure. Fortunately it can be successfully treated with surgery.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Mitral valve: The mitral valve has to open properly to let blood flow into the left ventricle from the atrium. If it doesn't, we call this stenosis. It has to close to keep the blood flowing toward the body, if it doesn't we call this regurgitation or insufficiency. Either or both problems can exist with the valve if its abnormal. Insufficiency is more common.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Is mitral valve stenosis dangerous or not?

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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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Depends: This depends on how severe the stenosis is. It is important to see a cardiologist and continue to watch this condition closely as it changes over time, and you may need surgery at some point in time.
A 52-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose mitral valve stenosis?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Stethoscope & echo: Mitral stenosis can be diagnosed by a characteristic murmur heard with a stethoscope. This can be confirmed by an echocardiogram (an ultrasound exam) which can help assess the severity of the narrowing of the valve.
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A 16-year-old member asked:

How could mitral valve stenosis be prevented?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Avoid rheumatic feve: Avoiding rheumatic fever, avoids rheumatic heart disease which causes mitral stenosis. This can be accomplished by treating strep throat with penicillin.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the significance of mitral valve stenosis?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Mitral stenosis: Mitral stenosis is a narrowing of the mitral valve caused by rheumatic fever. Progressive narrowing of the mitral valve can cause heart rhythm disturbances and the development of heart failure symptoms. This condition can be corrected with either mitral balloon valvuloplasty or surgery.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How could mitral valve stenosis be treated?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
If severe, surgery: True, classical mitral stenosis is caused by rheumatic fever. Some types can be very aggressive causing compromised cardiac output & symptoms of marked shortness of breath & fatigue. There are no medical interventions that treat mitral stenosis. This leaves, when the time is appropriate, surgical repair or replacement. Balloon based interventions have not proven to be satisfactorily effective.

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