When a mitral valve narrows again after it has been
repaired or stretched open, it is called restenosis.
Restenosis often develops 1 to 2 years after treatment and is more likely to
occur in people whose mitral valve was difficult to treat initially because the
valve was stiff and heavily calcified.
Recurring symptoms can also
be caused by other valve, heart, or lung problems, especially when they develop
long after the original treatment for mitral valve stenosis. In addition,
similar symptoms can be produced by diseases not directly related to the
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Skin color changes,
such as pink to purple shades of the cheeks (mitral facies) or dark bluish hues
in various areas of the body due to reduced blood flow (cyanosis). Skin color
changes rarely occur and usually only at the end stages of the disease.
If symptoms of mitral valve stenosis persist or recur after
you have been treated, see your doctor. You will be asked about your symptoms
and will probably have many of the same tests you had when your condition was
first diagnosed. You may also need additional tests to see whether the symptoms
are caused by some heart or lung condition other than restenosis of the mitral
If restenosis is diagnosed, treatment will depend on the
condition of the valve. A repeat balloon valvotomy or valve surgery may be
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
February 10, 2010
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February 10, 2010
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