Mitral valve stenosis causes the mitral valve inside the heart to become narrower, affecting the flow of blood from one chamber of the heart to the next. If you suffer from mitral valve stenosis, you may experience symptoms that include fatigue, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations; while minor mitral valve stenosis that causes mild or no symptoms is often left untreated, this condition can progress over time and may eventually require vascular surgery. Minimally invasive catheter techniques allow your heart doctor to insert a small balloon into the heart, which is inflated inside the mitral valve to widen the opening. This procedure is called a balloon valvuloplasty. Alternatively, open-heart surgery may be required for a severely deformed or damaged mitral valve. During open-heart surgery, the valve may be repaired or replaced by your vascular surgeon, depending on its condition.
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