Mitral Valve Stenosis

Mitral valve stenosis

Mitral Valve Stenosis describes a condition where the mitral valve narrows and fails to open properly. This impedes the movement of blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle which results in poor flow of blood to the rest of the body. The left atrium thickens and dilates and the blood pressure in the lung arteries starts to rise. Then, abnormal heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation develop, further reducing the efficiency of the heart. Many of these secondary problems become permanent over time and should be avoided by early intervention. The best cause of action to fight Mitral Valve Stenosis is undertaking Mitral Valve Stenosis treatment – and, of course, diagnosis – early on.

Mitral Valve Stenosis
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Mitral Valve Stenosis Causes

Calcification of the mitral valve as a result of rheumatic fever in childhood is the most common cause of Mitral Valve Stenosis. Other causes of Mitral Valve Stenosis include calcification of the mitral valve due to old age, and occasionally as a result of congenital deformity.

Mitral Valve Stenosis Symptoms

There are many Mitral Valve Stenosis symptoms that you may experience, that may indicate to you that you require Mitral Valve Stenosis treatment London. Shortness of breath, ankle swelling, and palpitations are typical symptoms of Mitral Valve Stenosis. Patients sometimes present with palpitations following the development of atrial fibrillation, it’s best to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible should you begin to experience what you believe may be Mitral Valve Stenosis symptoms. Read on to find out about the best Mitral Valve Stenosis treatments available.

Mitral Valve Stenosis Treatment London

After a diagnosis, sometimes the best mitral valve stenosis treatment London – if caught early enough – is drugs and monitoring the condition. Diuretics (water tablets) are useful in the medical treatment of heart failure associated with Mitral Valve Stenosis. Drugs like Digoxin are used to control the rate of atrial fibrillation, and patients can be sustained with medical therapy for many years since the progress of mitral stenosis is slow.

Surgery for Mitral Valve Stenosis Treatment London

Mitral valve replacement is a good treatment for Mitral Valve Stenosis once significant shortness of breath develops. There are a few kinds of surgery that can be used as treatment, including Keyhole Mitral Valve Replacement. At the Keyhole London Heart Clinic, we would always recommend a minimally invasive keyhole approach, in order to minimise pain, scarring and recovery time for the patient.

Mitral Valve Stenosis and Keyhole Replacement of The Valve

As it is our preferred method of treatment surgery, the team at The Keyhole Heart Clinic perform keyhole mitral valve replacement through a small cut between the ribs on the right side of the chest in suitable candidates. Keyhole surgery should only be undertaken by highly skilled surgeons, as it requires very precise surgery. However, keyhole surgery, versus traditional open-heart surgery, means the patient heals in a matter of days rather than in weeks. The scar is much smaller, more subtle and concealed, because there is no breastbone break the patient is in less pain, there is no chance of bone infection, and there is much less bleeding. Below is a diagram of where the keyhole incision might take place:

Keyhole approach to the mitral valve:

Keyhole Approach

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