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How did the mitral valve get its name?

How did the mitral valve get its name?

Latin: mitre: The valve is shaped like a bishop's mitre (a latin word) hence the name mitral for the 2 leaflet, left sided heart valve. ...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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How do people get mitral valve leaks?

How do people get mitral valve leaks?

Many reasons: There are many causes of leaking mital valves. This can include wear and tear of the valve, infection of the valve, history of rheumatic fever, dilated heart failure, heart attacks, damage to anchoring chords to the valve, and birth defects. Mitral valve prolapse is a condition where the leaflets bulge out when it closes. This can sometimes lead to a leaking valve as well. ...Read more

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Will a little leakage after mitral valve repair get better , and disappear to no leakage over time?

Mitral valve: Mitral repair usually is not perfect, but then neither is normal mitral valve function. A little bit of mitral regurg is often seen on echo in many of us, post repair it isnot unusual to have some but lots less than caused the surgery. Generally it isnot problematic. ...Read more

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Does everyone still have mitral valve leakage after mitral valve repair? Why do I still have leakage..Is this normal, will leakage get worse?

Does everyone still have mitral valve leakage after mitral valve repair? Why do I still have leakage..Is this normal, will leakage get worse?

Normal, should monit: A little is normal and should not get worse. You should continue to get periodic checks by your cardiologist though and take antibiotics before dental procedures, even teeth cleaning, or any other procedure where bacteria from your body will be exposed to blood supply, like polyp resection during colonoscopy. Sterile procedures do not require antibiotic prophylaxis. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get a tattoo if you have mitral valve prolapse?

Is it ok to get a tattoo if you have mitral valve prolapse?

Tattoo: Getting a tattoo is always an infection risk. If you get infected and seed the valve, mitral endocarditis isn't fun. If the tattoo is important enough to risk that ................ ...Read more

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Still have a little leakage after mitral valve repair surgery, how do I know the leakage wont get worse over time. Had surgery 3 weeks ago.

Still have a little leakage after mitral valve repair surgery, how do I know the leakage wont get worse over time. Had surgery 3 weeks ago.

Some leakage : Some leakage is the norm. This is nothing to worry about. Your cardiologist will keep an eye on this . You will have periodic echocardiograms (maybe every year or more) to follow this. What you do not need to do is fixate on this and worry yourself to death! you are better - enjoy this! hope this helps! ...Read more

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If you have mitral valve prolapse is it common to get mitral valve regurgitation?

If you have mitral valve prolapse is it common to get mitral valve regurgitation?

Not necessarily: Mitral valve prolapse may progress to regurge but most patients do not progress to the point of needing surgery. It is important to maintain follow up, however. Also you will need antibiotics before procedures and dental visits to reduce the risk of valve infections. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolapse get worse over time?

Can mitral valve prolapse get worse over time?

Commonly yes: Regular followup and echocardiograms are appropriate. Not all progress to need surgery. ...Read more

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Cardiologist told me a slight leakage after mitral valve repair...What will cause leakeage to get worse?

Cardiologist told me a slight leakage after mitral valve repair...What will cause leakeage to get worse?

Not unusual: Slight regurgitation is common. Take care of all your risk factors: no smoking weight control blood pressure control cardiovascular training. Infection or heart failure from coronary disease are issues to avoid. ...Read more

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