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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Stenosis (Overview)

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 infection with rheumatic fever.


Dr. Robert Binford
77 doctors shared insights

Mitral Stenosis (Overview)

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 infection with rheumatic fever.


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How does mitral stenosis affect the heart?

How does mitral stenosis affect the heart?

Mitral valve: Valves are like doors, they have to open and close. Mitral stenosis is when the mitral valve doesn't open enough. This causes shortness of breath by forcing lung pressure up. Repair or replacement of the symptomatic valve improves the problem, if surgery possible, medical therapy less effective long term. ...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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What are symptoms of ?Mild mitral stenosis?

What are symptoms of ?Mild mitral stenosis?

Depends: Mild mitral stenosis does not usually cause symptoms. Some people with more severe mitral stenosis have atrial fibrillation or heart failure. ...Read more

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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
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Get an Xray/MRI if not better in 6 weeks
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See a spine specialist if not better in 6 weeks
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How do you diagnose mitral valve stenosis?

How do you diagnose mitral valve stenosis?

Stethoscope & echo: Mitral stenosis can be diagnosed by a characteristic murmur heard with a stethoscope. This can be confirmed by an echocardiogram (an ultrasound exam) which can help assess the severity of the narrowing of the valve. ...Read more

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What are the tests for mitral stenosis?

What are the tests for mitral stenosis?

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

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Do you know are mitral regurgitation and mitral stenosis the same thing?

Different: The mitral valve sits between the left atrium, which receives blood from the lungs, and the left ventricle, which pumps blood to the body. Mitral regurgitation is "backleak" of blood from the left ventricle back to the left atrium. Mitral stenosis is restricted opening of the valve, partially blocking blood flowing from the atrium to the ventricle. Both can exist in the same patient. ...Read more

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What are the causes mitral stenosis ?

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 more

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Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more