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Mitral Valve Stenosis - When to Call a Doctor

Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have:

Call a doctor immediately if you have:

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  • Symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, swelling in the feet and ankles, and not being able to exercise at your usual level.
  • Mitral valve stenosis and are having symptoms of infection, such as fever with no other obvious cause.
  • Fainting episodes.
  • Excessive fatigue without another explanation.

Who to see

Health professionals who can evaluate symptoms and order further tests as needed include:

A cardiovascular surgeon may do surgical repair or replacement of heart valves.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 18, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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