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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Stenosis (Definition)

Mitral stenosis is a valvular heart disease which narrows the opening of the mitral valve. This decrease the flow of blood flow from the left atrium to the left ...Read more


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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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What is mitral stenosis?

What is mitral stenosis?

Narrowing : Mitral stenosis is a narrowing of the valve that controls the flow of blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle of the heart. This can have many causes and, depending upon the severity of the stenosis, may or may not cause symptoms. This must be followed, because the degree of stenosis can increase over time and require replacement. ...Read more

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What is mitral stenosis?

Valve tightening: This is a situation where the mitral valve is tight, producing some restriction to blood flowing through.It can either be something a person is born with or something that is caused by disease. ...Read more

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What is mild mitral stenosis?

What is mild mitral stenosis?

Narrowing: Mitral stenosis is a thickening of the mitral valve leaflets. This results in narrowing that restricts blood flow through the valve. Ms is rated as mild, moderate, or severe. Severe ms usually requires valve surgery. Mild does not cause symptoms but should be monitored periodically. ...Read more

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How do you treat mitral stenosis?

It depends on cause: Mitral stenosis may be mild and not require specific therapy. For more significant mitral stenosis, treatment is either catheter-based or surgical. Catheter-based therapies involve feeding a balloon-tipped catheter through a large blood vessel in the groin into the heart and across the narrowed mitral valve. The balloon is inflated with relief of stenosis. Surgery involves repair or replacement. ...Read more

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Can one die from mitral stenosis?

Can one die from mitral stenosis?

Yes: Absolutely, although this is rare in the United States. Causes of death would include stroke (secondary to associated atrial fibrillation) or end-stage congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What occurs during mitral stenosis?

Restricts blood flow: Mitral stenosis is when the mitral valve fails to open sufficiently. This restricts the blood flow into the left ventricle (the main pumping chamber). This causes the left atrium to dilate and increase pressure in the lungs. This causes shortness of breath, increase BP in lungs, abnormal heart rhythms, and heart failure. ...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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Can someone?Die from mitral stenosis?

Can someone?Die from mitral stenosis?

Yes: Mitral stenosis usually presents with a long history (years)of symptoms including shortness of breath, weakness, arrhythmias and heart failure etc. one can die from this condition. ...Read more

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Can someone die from mitral stenosis?

Mitral stenosis: Much more common in under developed countries than in theusa because of inacessible antibiotics on a regular basis to treat rheumatic fever, which is the most common cause of later mitral stenosis which can be lethal if not treated. ...Read more

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What does mitral stenosis results in?

Depends on severity: Progressively restricted opening of the mitral valve, measured by serial echocardiography, results in higher pressures in the lung circulation and reduced cardiac output when exercising. Worsening shortness of breath and cardiac arrhythmias may be the result. There are evidence based guidelines to help your doctors decide when to intervene to improve quality and length of life. ...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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What can I do to treat mitral stenosis?

Depends: Depends on severity as per cutaneous (valvuloplasty) or surgery (usually replacement) are reserved for symptomatic & advanced cases that no longer respond to medications which is first line option. If intervention is required than echocardiography is used to determine if surgery or balloon valvuloplasty is best option. Talk to your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Are there any drugs that can help mitral stenosis?

More below: Yes. Diuretics and beta blockers however mitral stenosis will lead to death if the valve area is less than 1 cm2 and it remains untreated (surgically). ...Read more

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Why there is no pain associated with mitral stenosis?

Mitral Stenosis: For starters, there are no specific pain fibers in the heart. When the valve is stenotic (narrowed) it impedes flow between the left atrium and ventricle. This causes enlargement of the left atrium and elevation of pressure in that chamber and pulmonary circulation. The symptom is then not pain but shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What's a simple way to say what mitral stenosis really is?

Narrow gate: Narrowing of the gate between the left upper and left lower chambers. This prevents blood from freely entering the lower chamber thus reducing amount of blood available to be pumped causing fatigue.Also there is build up of back pressure hence water logging of lungs, liver, abdomen and limbs causing shortness of breath, nausea, poor appetite and leg swelling. Symptoms depend on degree of narrowing. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mitral stenosis?

Mitral stenosis: Mitral stenosis is a valvular heart disease which narrows the opening of the mitral valve. This decrease the flow of blood flow from the left atrium to the left ventricle of the heart. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mitral stenosis. is it getting worse?

What to do if I have mitral stenosis. is it getting worse?

Depends: mitral stenosis as it progresses causes the Left atrium to enlarge and can cause a-Fib . This can lead to increased pulmonary pressures which can lead to right heart failure. So there is a drop in cardiac out put from deceased pre-load and severe pulmonary hypertension leading to edema,ascites ,etc. The drs can do a surface echo,TEE,right and left heart cath to evaluate and time the surgery. ...Read more

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


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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