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What is mitral valve disease like?

What is mitral valve disease like?

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

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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Is mitral valve disease hereditary?

Is mitral valve disease hereditary?

Mitral valve disease: Some types of mitral valve disease is hereditary, but more accurately it may run in families. So often we see people in the same family that have the same problem such as a leaky mitral valve. However ther are often individuals that have no relatives with mitral valve disease that develop problems. Sorry hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the tests for mitral valve disease?

What are the tests for mitral valve disease?

Mitral valve disease: This is tested by listening to the heart--most common and perhaps by an echocardiogram as well. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mitral valve disease?

What are the symptoms of mitral valve disease?

Mitral valve disease: There could be many symptoms of this condition. Of concern would be shortness of breath or edema that is different than baseline. Palpitations are very common and from many causes. The condition is silent in many. ...Read more

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Help please? What is a mixed mitral valve disease?

Help please? What is a mixed mitral valve disease?

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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What could mitral valve disease; nonrheumatic mean?

Rheumatic heart dise: It means there is a mitral valve problem but it isn't likely do to rheumatic fever. If you haven't had rheumatic fever, you can't have rheumatic heart 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 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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My son has mitral valve disease. Should I be concerned?

My son has mitral valve disease. Should I be concerned?

Depends: Depends entirely on type and severity. Generally there are 2 kinds of problems:blockage (aka stenosis) (almost always from rheumatic fever) and leakage (regurgitation). Mild forms require no treatment and cause no symptoms. Severe forms are correctable. You need the details before deciding if there's any cause for concern. ...Read more

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What is non rheumatic mitral valve disease?

What is non rheumatic mitral valve disease?

Rheumatic fever: Causes mitral stenosis (blockage). Any other disease of the mitral valve is considered "non-rheumatic". ...Read more

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What is the treatment for mitral valve disease?

Usually nothing: Mitral valve disease includes mitral valve leaking (mr) and blockage (mitral stenosis).
Each has a given criteria for surgery. Usually most pts have mild to moderate disease. The pts are monitored for symptoms, arrythmias, heart failure, decreased exercise tolerance etc. Beta blockers, water pills, digoxin, anticoagulation and antiarrthmic medicine, are some time used. If severe only surgery helps. ...Read more

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Which is non rheumatic mitral valve disease, unspecified?

Which is non rheumatic mitral valve disease, unspecified?

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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What happens when yr mitral valve is heavily calcified & there is mild mixed mitral valve disease?

What happens when yr mitral valve is heavily calcified & there is mild mixed mitral valve disease?

It depends: Calcification of the mitral valve can lead to stiff leaflets of the valve. This can cause the valve to not open enough (stenosis), leak (regurge) or a combo of both. Typically this can be handled with medications. However, it can continue to worsen to the point that it affects the heart. Then you may need to have mitral valve surgery (probably replacement). ...Read more

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Does rheumatic fever cause mitral valve disease?

Does rheumatic fever cause mitral valve disease?

Yes: One of the features of rheumatic fever is pan-carditis, meaning that all layers of the heart are inflamed. Involvement of the mitral valve occurs 10x more often in women and aortic valve disease 4x more often in men. Quite frequently both the aortic and mitral valves are involved, with the tricuspid next in frequency and the pulmonic the least common. This can result in many complications. ...Read more

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Is inability to take a deep breath part of mitral valve disease and what treatments are there?

No: Mitral valve disease is complex and knowing which type of disease (regurgitation/leaking or stenosis/narrowing) would help as would the severity but that is not a common symptom. ...Read more

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What can cause my RA and RV enlarged + tricuspid regur, without present of pulmonary hypertention or mitral valve disease? Is it possible congenital?

What can cause my RA and RV enlarged + tricuspid regur, without present of pulmonary hypertention or mitral valve disease? Is it possible congenital?

Mgt/workup: It is possible that the right sided heart problem is related to a change in the anatomy on that side. The leaky valve makes the heart work more with each beat. Since you have experienced leg swelling, the regurgitation may have been significant enough to allow back up of the blood, resulting in leg edema. The valve may be repaired to alleviate this cause. It is important to follow up. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with mild mitral valve prolpase and trace mitral regurgetation. Will this disease progress?

I've been diagnosed with mild mitral valve prolpase and trace mitral regurgetation. Will this disease progress?

Occasionally: Most patients with mitral valve prolapse remain quite stable over the duration of their lives. Rarely, there may be progressive mitral insufficiency depending if the valve degenerates over time or if there is an infection on the valve. The optimal strategy is to have periodic echocardiograms done in the same laboratory to ensure consistency. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolaypse be considered heart disease?

Can mitral valve prolaypse be considered heart disease?

? severity: Mvp is a spectrum. Mild mvp is considered a variant of normal and not a disease. Severe mvp can lead to serious complications. ...Read more

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I have been diagnoised with mitral valve prolapse grade 1, is it a progressive disease or can it cause grade 4, or mitral regurgtisation?

MVP: Mild mvp could progress with time or stay stable. It will be important to know the characteristics of the valve at this point in time such as thickness and cord calcification. Please follow up with your doctor and if you experience sob or decrease exercise tolerance please let him or her know. Good luck. ...Read more

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For palpitations, If my echocardiogram results were normal, can I completely rule out mitral valve diseases?

For palpitations, If my echocardiogram results were normal, can I completely rule out mitral valve diseases?

Yes: Assuming you had a decent image quality study an echo would be excellent at ruling in or out mitral valve disease. Sounds like you can put it out of your mind. Good luck with football. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Valve Disease (Definition)

Mitral valve disease is a condition in which a person has problems with his mitral valve, one of the two valves between the upper and lower chambers in the heart. A mitral valve can be leaky (not closing properly, thus allowing blood to flow backwards into the lungs) or it can be too tight (not opening enough, thus decreasing the amount ...Read more