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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Valve Disease (Overview)

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 of blood flowing forwards).


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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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Dr. Robert Binford
62 doctors shared insights

Mitral Valve Disease (Overview)

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 of blood flowing forwards).


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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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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Tip)

Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse

For most people mitral prolapse is asymptomatic and requires only good life habits. ...See 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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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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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Tip)

Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse

It's extremely common and its an over diagnose condition. You can live a perfect normal life with it. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What could mitral valve disease; nonrheumatic mean?

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 the treatment for mitral valve disease?

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

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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