Mitral valve stenosis

Mitral valve disease

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

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

  • What are the symptoms of mitral stenosis? icon plus

    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
  • Diagnosing mitral valve stenosis icon plus

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

  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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.

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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.
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