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I was diagnosed with a billowing mitral valve. What does it mean and is it different than standard MVP?

I was diagnosed with a billowing mitral valve. What does it mean and is it different than standard MVP?

Clear Sailing!!: Quote:"There is a gradation from the normal billowing during ventricular systole of mitral leaflet bodies to marked billowing. With advanced billowing or floppy leaflets, failure of leaflet edge apposition supervenes (true prolapse). This is functionally abnormal and allows mitral regurgitation." So, you are OK so far, just have it periodically checked per the advice of your doctor. ...Read more

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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


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What is a mitral valve?

What is a mitral valve?

One of 4 heart valve: The mitral valve is one of the 4 heart valves found in the heart. These valves keep blood moving one direction rather than back and forth as the heart contracts. The mitral valve is so named as it looks like the pope's hat (a mitre). The mitral valve separates the left atrium and the left ventricle. ...Read more

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Where is the mitral valve?

Where is the mitral valve?

Left side: Left side of the heart between top left chamber (atrium) and bottom left chamber (ventricle). ...Read more

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What's the mitral valve's purpose?

What's the mitral valve's purpose?

Backflow: The mv prevents blood from backing up into the lungs during left ventricular contraction. ...Read more

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Where is the mitral valve located?

Where is the mitral valve located?

Left heart: In the left side of the heart between the left atrium and the left ventricle. ...Read more

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What causes mitral valve thickening?

What causes mitral valve thickening?

different kinds: Some mitral valve thickening is due to myxomatous degeneration. This is congenital, associated with prolapse, and worsens over time. Another type is age related and is due to simple wear and tear. Infection is rare but more serious. ...Read more

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What is the function of mitral valve?

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. ...Read more

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How can the mitral valve be replaced?

How can the mitral valve be replaced?

Many options: Depending on pts age as well as the characteristics of the valve, there are many options. Mitral valve repair -using the pts own valve and perhapse a ring. Mv replacement-the whole valve is replaced by either a mechnical valve pig valve or a bioprosthetic. Another new technology involves catheter based options such as a clip. All types have pros and cons including possible Coumadin (warfarin) therapy. ...Read more

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What does mitral valve do in the body?

What does mitral valve do in the body?

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. ...Read more

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