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Can Someone Die From Mitral Stenosis
Mitral stenosis is a narrowing and stiffening of the heart valve separating the top and bottom chambers of the left side of the heart. This narrowing makes it more difficult for blood from the top chamber of the heart to flow to the bottom chamber. Many cases of mitral stenosis are caused by a prior ...Read more
It depends on cause: Mitral stenosis may be mild and not require specific therapy. For more significant mitral stenosis, treatment is either catheter-based or surgical. Catheter-based therapies involve feeding a balloon-tipped catheter through a large blood vessel in the groin into the heart and across the narrowed mitral valve. The balloon is inflated with relief of stenosis. Surgery involves repair or replacement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Narrow gate: Narrowing of the gate between the left upper and left lower chambers. This prevents blood from freely entering the lower chamber thus reducing amount of blood available to be pumped causing fatigue.Also there is build up of back pressure hence water logging of lungs, liver, abdomen and limbs causing shortness of breath, nausea, poor appetite and leg swelling. Symptoms depend on degree of narrowing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infections: Most common cause, although rare these days in the westernized world, is rheumatic fever (due to strep infectipns) in young age, which leads to scarring of the valve over time with narrowing - stenosis. Other infections (endocarditis) can lead to mitral stenosis as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Narrowing: Mitral stenosis is a thickening of the mitral valve leaflets. This results in narrowing that restricts blood flow through the valve. Ms is rated as mild, moderate, or severe. Severe ms usually requires valve surgery. Mild does not cause symptoms but should be monitored periodically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Echo, cath: Echocardiogram is the most common test for mitral stenosis, as the structure and function of the valve can be assessed visually. Cxr can give information regarding chamber size and valve calcification. Ekg and holter monitor can reveal atrial fibrilation, a common arrhythmia associated with mitral stenosis. Heart cath would reveal the hemodynamics and the need for surgical intervention. ...Read more
Mitral Stenosis: For starters, there are no specific pain fibers in the heart. When the valve is stenotic (narrowed) it impedes flow between the left atrium and ventricle. This causes enlargement of the left atrium and elevation of pressure in that chamber and pulmonary circulation. The symptom is then not pain but shortness of breath. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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