Mitral valve disease is a kind of heart valve disease. The mitral valve controls blood flow between the upper and lower chambers on the left side of the heart. With mitral valve disease, this valve does not open and close the way it should with each heartbeat.
At Aurora Health Care, we are among the most experienced in the region in treating people with heart valve disease. Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is one of few centers in Wisconsin providing the recently U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved MitraClip for people with degenerative mitral regurgitation.
Our innovative, minimally invasive procedures treat mitral valve disease effectively, so that you can regain the energy to enjoy life.
There are several types of mitral valve disease:
Find out more about other types of heart valve disease:
Many people with mitral valve disease don’t notice any symptoms. The most common way a doctor detects mitral valve disease is hearing a heart murmur through a stethoscope. The heart murmur sounds like an extra or unusual whooshing or swishing sound.
Other symptoms include:
Several types of mitral valve disease appear after a person has been ill or injured. Other types are inherited or congenital (present from birth).
Causes of mitral valve disease include:
We work closely with people and their doctors to identify mitral valve disease as early as possible and begin treatment to minimize its effects.
To provide a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan, we may use diagnostic tests and procedures, such as:
Learn more about heart and vascular diagnosis and testing at Aurora.
If you’re diagnosed with mitral valve disease, we will work with you on a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
It may include diet or lifestyle changes, or medication to treat your symptoms. At some point, we may recommend repairing or replacing the faulty mitral valve.
Procedures to treat mitral valve disease include: