How Is Mitral Valves Connected with RHD?

Q:

I was diagnosed with RHD a couple of days ago. The doctor said something about mitral valves. Can you explain it to me?

A:

Mitral valves refer to the two left chambers of the heart which keep blood flowing from the left atrium to the left ventricle and prevent blood from flowing backward. If mitral valves are damaged, blood then flows back to the left atrium, which can cause breathlessness and fatigue. Left untreated, it can be life-threatening.

One of the mitral valve diseases is called mitral valve stenosis. The disease is caused by scarring from rheumatic fever, in which the joints and the heart are the most vulnerable. If mitral valves turn inflamed or otherwise injured by endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis, it can lead to a chronic heart condition called rheumatic heart disease. This disease usually occurs in children and young adults. However, it takes 5-10 years for the patients to be diagnosed.

 

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