Top
10
Doctor insights on: What Is The Significance Of Stenosis Of The Mitral Valve

Share
1

1
What is the significance of stenosis of the mitral valve?

What is the significance of stenosis of the mitral valve?

It varies: Mild stenosis may casue no problems. Severe stenosis causes the pressure to increase in the left atrium, the lungs and eventually the right side of the heart. The left atrium enlarges in response to the higher pressure and the likelihood of atrial arrhythmias increases. Fluid can accumulate in the lungs causing shortness of breath and exercise intolerance. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Austina Cho
1 doctor shared a insight

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


2

2
What is the significance of mitral valve stenosis?

What is the significance of mitral valve stenosis?

Mitral stenosis: Mitral stenosis is a narrowing of the mitral valve caused by rheumatic fever. Progressive narrowing of the mitral valve can cause heart rhythm disturbances and the development of heart failure symptoms. This condition can be corrected with either mitral balloon valvuloplasty or surgery. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
What is mitral valve stenosis?

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

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
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

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
Is mitral valve stenosis dangerous or not?

Is mitral valve stenosis dangerous or not?

Depends: This depends on how severe the stenosis is. It is important to see a cardiologist and continue to watch this condition closely as it changes over time, and you may need surgery at some point in time. ...Read more

6

6
How could mitral valve stenosis be treated?

If severe, surgery: True, classical mitral stenosis is caused by rheumatic fever. Some types can be very aggressive causing compromised cardiac output & symptoms of marked shortness of breath & fatigue. There are no medical interventions that treat mitral stenosis. This leaves, when the time is appropriate, surgical repair or replacement. Balloon based interventions have not proven to be satisfactorily effective. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
I may have mitral valve stenosis. Is that bad?

I may have mitral valve stenosis. Is that bad?

Depends: This depends on how severe the stenosis is. It is important to see a cardiologist and continue to watch this condition closely as it changes over time, and you may need surgery at some point in time. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
How do you tell the severity of mitral valve stenosis?

How do you tell the severity of mitral valve stenosis?

Several ways: There are several ways to check how severe your mitral stenosis is. The most common and least invasive method is by transthoracic echocardiography, an ultrasound of the heart. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
How do I know if I have mitral valve stenosis..Please help!?

How do I know if I have mitral valve stenosis..Please help!?

Echocardiogram: People with mitral stenosis have a diastolic murmur (typically) and may have signs of left atrial hypertension (cough, shortness of breath, dyspnea on exertion.) the best test to reliably rule in or rule out mitral stenosis is an echocardiogram. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
How could mitral valve stenosis be prevented?

How could mitral valve stenosis be prevented?

Antibiotics: The majority of mitral stenosis is a result of rheumatic fever-caused by group a strep infection like strep throat. Treating the strep infection can prevent rheumatic fever. If rf occurs then long term (yrs) of low dose penicillin is required to prevent recurrence. The patient may also require long term steroids. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer

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. Ana Adelstein
1 doctor shared a insight

Stenosis (Definition)

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