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What is a mitral valve?

What is a mitral valve?

One of 4 heart valve: The mitral valve is one of the 4 heart valves found in the heart. These valves keep blood moving one direction rather than back and forth as the heart contracts. The mitral valve is so named as it looks like the pope's hat (a mitre). The mitral valve separates the left atrium and the left ventricle. ...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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Where is the mitral valve?

Where is the mitral valve?

Left side: Left side of the heart between top left chamber (atrium) and bottom left chamber (ventricle). ...Read more

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What's the mitral valve's purpose?

What's the mitral valve's purpose?

Backflow: The mv prevents blood from backing up into the lungs during left ventricular contraction. ...Read more

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Where is the mitral valve located?

Where is the mitral valve located?

Left heart: In the left side of the heart between the left atrium and the left ventricle. ...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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What is the function of mitral valve?

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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How can the mitral valve be replaced?

How can the mitral valve be replaced?

Many options: Depending on pts age as well as the characteristics of the valve, there are many options. Mitral valve repair -using the pts own valve and perhapse a ring. Mv replacement-the whole valve is replaced by either a mechnical valve pig valve or a bioprosthetic. Another new technology involves catheter based options such as a clip. All types have pros and cons including possible Coumadin (warfarin) therapy. ...Read more

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What does mitral valve do in the body?

What does mitral valve do in the body?

See below: The mitral valve regulates the inflow of the heart into the left ventricle and regulates the flow between the high chamber of the heart (atrium) and the low chamber of the heart (ventricle) on the left side. And it prevents the blood from going back into the lungs on the left side. ...Read more

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How many flaps does the mitral valve have?

How many flaps does the mitral valve have?

Two: The mitral valve is bi-valved and is between the left atrium and left ventricle. ...Read more

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What is the normal are of the mitral valve?

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 can my husband do about a bad mitral valve?

What can my husband do about a bad mitral valve?

Mitral Valve Disease: See a cardiologist for evaluation. Need echocardiogram and other studies to determine whether valve needs to be replaced. ...Read more

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What is an obstructive lesion in the mitral valve?

Obstruction of flow: Deformity of mitral valve due to rheumatic fever or calcium built up causing obstruction of blood flow. ...Read more

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What is the significance of an obstructive lesion in the mitral valve?

What is the significance of an obstructive lesion in the mitral valve?

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 does not; 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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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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Where do you hear mitral valve?

Where do you hear mitral valve?

Under left nipple: Well, the point of maximal impulse of the heart, that is where we feel and can see the heart contract, is called the mitral area.The sound made by the valve closing is usually loudest at that point. It is usually just below the left nipple but could be displaced if the heart is enlarged. The valve sound can be heard in other areas but is not as loud. ...Read more

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