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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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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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The mitral valve leaflets are mildly thickened. There is bileaflet buckling of the mitral valve leafets without frank prolqpse. What does this mean?

Good news!: Don't be overwhelmed or needlessly alarmed by medical jargon. We use very descriptive words to convey information from one health care professional. To interpret for you: you don't have mitral valve prolapse. That's great news! that means: 1) no need for prophylactic antibiotics before dental procedures ; 2) very low chance of developing a heart valve infection or need or valve surgery. ...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 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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Mitral valve regurgitation cause any problems?

Maybe...: Mild mvr usually causes no issues and does not require antibiotics before procedures such as dental work. More severe disease can causes shortness of breath and fatigue with exercise and my need antibiotics before procedures. ...Read more

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