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When does mitral stenosis become a problem for a patient?

When does mitral stenosis become a problem for a patient?

Severe blockage: In mitral stenosis , the opening of the mitral valve is too small. If it gets small enough, then the patient can begin to have symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue. So it depends on how severe the blockage is. ...Read more

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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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Why does a patient with mitral stenosis lay on his left side during auscultation?

Why does a patient with mitral stenosis lay on his left side during auscultation?

Better to hear: It positions the tip of the left ventricle closer to the chest wall so that thye stethoscope has a better chance of hearing the low pitched murmur. ...Read more

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After succesful Mitral Prolapse repair how common is it to find mitral stenosis in these type of patients with Annoloplasty ring over a certain time?

After succesful Mitral Prolapse repair how common is it to find mitral stenosis in these type of patients with Annoloplasty ring over a certain time?

Rare: It's rare but it does happen. As always, the devil's in the details. A minor amount of stenosis is well tolerated but as the mitral valve area diminishes, the likelihood and severity of symptoms (shortness of breath) increases. A sudden change in MV area suggests a clot and should be treated with anticoagulation. Good luck! ...Read more

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If a patient has mitral stenosis how will this cause failure of the heart?

Right heart failure: Blood backs up in the left atrium which overflows into the two vena cavae which lead to distention of these veins which swells the liver and the ankles. If it becomes more severe, then, the right ventricle distends and blood backs up into the lungs and causes shortness of breath. This is called right heart failure. Also, insufficient blood gets to the rest of the body because the left ventricle. ...Read more

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If a patient has mitral stenosis how will this effect heart failure risk?

May Increase: If mitral stenosis is severe, pressure increases in the blood vessels of the lungs, resulting in heart failure with fluid accumulation in the lungs and a low level of oxygen in the blood. ...Read more

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Can a mitral valve heart patient(mitral valve stenosis) be a mother?

Sure: Many are mothers. It may be advisable for you or not, but you'd expect to be followed by a cardiologist and maybe a maternal-fetal specialist. ...Read more

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Can a mini echo test ( in hospital) rule out Mitral Valve Prolapse or Mitral Stenosis? The doctor did an ultrasound last night and said everything looked good. Can't afford full echo but he said I need one to fully rule out any valve problem

Echo : A pocket echo done by a cardiologist who has examined the patient can give reasonable assurance about valves being normal. If a question remains, a detailed full size echo would be needed. A quick look by a noncardiologist could be less reliable. ...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