Mitral Valve Stenosis - Ongoing Concerns
After you develop symptoms of
mitral valve stenosis, it usually takes about 3 to 10
years before they become disabling. As long as your symptoms are mild or
stable, your doctor may be able to keep them under control with medicines. As
your symptoms increase and your valve width decreases, surgery to repair or
replace the valve will become necessary.
Mitral valve stenosis can
be an easy condition to overlook in its mild form. But as it progresses, it often
complications. The most common complications are an
irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia),
heart failure, an infection in the heart (endocarditis), and stroke. All of these are serious medical
conditions that require treatment. And you and your doctor will need to discuss the
most appropriate ways to prevent and treat them.
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