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.
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.

Related Questions

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

A full exam. Using Radiology based ECHO/ULTRASOUND equipment is necessary to complteley rule out any cardiac valve pathology but the "mini-echo office based" equipment can detect SIGNIFICANT issues! Hope this helps! Need more information to comment more about this! Hope this helps Dr Z. Read more...
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...
Yes. An echocardiogram (US be it a focused study of mitral valve with handheld machine or traditional US), can definitvely evaluate mitral valve prolapse and mitral stenosis if study done well. 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.

Did he listen to you. Usually people with MVP are a symptomatic . Mitral stenosis is a narrowing of the opening where the valve is. The excuse sounds fishy to me. NYC has great places for cardiology. Go to one of those. Read more...
Careful. Always get. copy & view the echo video images yourself & work to understand. Echo quality varies extremely widely, Mitral valve usually viewed from 4 viewpoints (short & long axis, apical & subcostal) in usual transthoracic echos. Mitral prolapse is a visual judgement, widely varying by viewer & rarely of real importance long term. Mitral leak & amount=important issue, Mitral stenosis=rare & very important. Read more...
Poor test. Why did the doc dis the test for the first time See a specialist ask for referral to a radiologist// cardiologist for detailed examination if needed - a board certified trained physician to interpret the test. Read more...