In mitral valve disease, the mitral valve, which is located between your left heart chambers doesn’t work correctly. The two main types of mitral valve disease are:
Mitral valve disease has many causes. Some forms of mitral valve disease can be present at birth. Mitral valve stenosis is often caused by rheumatic fever, a complication of a strep infection that can affect the heart.
Other factors can increase the risk of developing mitral valve disease, such as:
Some people with mitral valve disease might not experience symptoms for many years. Others may experience:
A Deborah Heart and Lung Center physician may order any of these tests to diagnose mitral valve disease: