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When does mitral stenosis become a problem for a patient?

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 more

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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Stenosis (Definition)

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


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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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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

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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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

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. Ronald Krauser
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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