Mitral valve stenosis


If you are experiencing mitral valve problems, our HCA UK cardiology experts can help to diagnose and treat you

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About mitral stenosis

Mitral stenosis occurs when your mitral valve doesn't open as widely it should. The flow of blood through the heart may then become restricted. For milder cases, your consultant may recommend medications. Similar to mitral regurgitation, surgery may be required to correct the valve in more severe cases. 

Need to know

Rheumatic heart disease is the only common cause of mitral stenosis. Initially the heart can become inflamed due to infection. This may cause the mitral valve to harden, preventing blood flowing naturally from the heart. If left untreated, you may then experience the following:

  • atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
  • pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels supporting the lungs)
  • heart failure (the heart is unable to pump enough blood around the body)

Early symptoms might include:

  • dizziness
  • tiredness / fatigue
  • breathlessness
  • chest pain
  • coughing of blood


Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. Tests we offer to diagnose include:

Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help to determine the best approach for you. These may include:

  • medications to control symptoms
  • ongoing medication to ensure the stenosis is not getting any worse
  • mitral valve repair known as a balloon valvuloplasty
  • If balloon valvuloplasty is not possible, surgical options such as mitral valve replacement, might have to be considered.

Our Mitral valve stenosis locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Cardiac Clinic

The Cardiac Clinic

London Bridge Hospital SE1 2PR London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.