Your heart is a muscular pump that has four chambers and four valves. The valves open and close to keep blood flowing in the proper direction through your heart. The mitral valve connects the heart's upper-left chamber (atrium) to the lower-left chamber (ventricle).
Mitral valve stenosis means that a heart valve is stiff and fails to open as wide as it would normally. As a result, blood does not flow properly between the left chambers of your heart. This limits your heart's ability to pump blood through the rest of the body.
Treatment includes a procedure to stretch the valve open or surgery to repair or replace the valve.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH, FACP - Internal Medicine
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