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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 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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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

Exercise regularly
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Avoid tobacco, alcohol and caffiene
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See your cardiologist regularly
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An echocardiogram revealed mild mitral valve thickening & prolapse. Can this be causing a fast heart rate/tiredness?

An echocardiogram revealed mild mitral valve thickening & prolapse. Can this be causing a fast heart rate/tiredness?

Probably not: Unless you have additional valve pathology such as significant stenosis or regurgitation, it is unlikely. Many people have some mitral valve prolapse and the vast majority are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

Have an Echocardiogram done
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Have MD explain to you Mitral Regurgitation
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Focus on your Ejection Fraction and End Diastolic Dimension
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If <60% EF or ESD >40mm further discussions will be needed
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What is a mixed mitral valve disease? What causes it?

What is a mixed mitral valve disease? What causes it?

Mitral valve: The mitral valve can be stenotic or not open properly. The valve can not close properly or be 'insufficient'. There are also conditions where both stenosis and insufficiency are present or 'mixed' mitral disease. ...Read more

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What is a mixed mitral valve disease? What causes it?

What is a mixed mitral valve disease? What causes it?

Mitral valve: The mitral valve can be stenotic or not open properly. The valve can not close properly or be 'insufficient'. There are also conditions where both stenosis and insufficiency are present or 'mixed' mitral disease. ...Read more

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What conditions cause mitral valve infection?

Bacteria in blood: Bacteria in the blood attach to the valve and then there is infection. If the valve is normal this is not likely to happen. Bacteria can enter the blood stream from such routine things such as cleaning your teeth. Most of the time this causes no problem unless the bacteria attach to a foreign body like a replaced valve or a damaged valve. More likely if your gums are infected., . ...Read more

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