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When Does Mitral Stenosis Become A Problem For A Patient
Depends: It depends on several factors including how narrow the valve is, how healthy the patient is overall, and whether or not there are any arrhythmias. If the heart rate is well controlled and diuretics are used, many patients do just fine with moderate stenosis. Severe stenosis, and symptomatic moderate or severe stenosis often require surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mitral stenosis is a narrowing and stiffening of the heart valve separating the top and bottom chambers of the left side of the heart. This narrowing makes it more difficult for blood from the top chamber of the heart to flow to the bottom chamber. Many cases of mitral stenosis are caused by a prior ...Read more
Ms: The murmur becomes more audible in that position. ...Read more
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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