rheumatic fever. Unfortunately, since most individuals
do not know they had rheumatic fever, they may not know they are at
Aging. Wear and tear of the mitral valve over time may cause it
to harden and narrow.
Gender. More women than men get mitral valve stenosis.
Less commonly, diabetes and
Marfan's syndrome can lead to mitral valve stenosis,
causing calcification, or hardening, of the mitral valve's base. This limits
the valve's flexibility and slows its rhythmic movements. Any condition that
scars the valves, such as
endocarditis, may lead to mitral valve stenosis. But,
these conditions usually raise the chance of getting
mitral valve regurgitation rather than
One of the goals when you take medication for heart disease is to be sure that your medication helps your heart function as well as possible. One step toward achieving this goal is to avoid some medications. What kinds of problems might these medicines cause?
Some medicine can make blood pressure rise, placing an extra burden on your heart.
Some medications may interact with your heart disease medicine. This can prevent either medicine from working properly.
Here are common types of medicines...