The mitral valve is one of four valves of the heart which makes sure blood flows in the proper direction. Sometimes a mitral valve degenerates and doesn’t close completely allowing blood to flow back into the left atrium, with Barlow’s disease being the most severe form. Stenosis is another mitral valve problem where the valve does not open completely causing obstruction of the blood flow. Both are serious conditions and without treatment can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and irreversible heart damage. If you need surgery, here are 10 questions to ask your cardiologist about mitral valve surgery.
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