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Mitral Valve Stenosis - What Increases Your Risk

Risk factors for mitral valve stenosis are:

  • History of rheumatic fever. But since most people don't know that they had rheumatic fever, they may not know they are at risk.
  • Aging. Wear and tear of the valve over time may cause it to harden and narrow.
  • Being female. More women than men get this problem.

Diabetes and Marfan's syndrome can sometimes lead to stenosis. Any condition that scars the valves, such as endocarditis, also may cause stenosis.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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