What Should Those with Mitral Valve Insufficiency Pay Attention to?
Writer: Prof. Dr. Yavuz Besogul
Those with mitral valve insufficiency should have their blood pressure, pulse and weight checked regularly. However, heart failure patients should use their medications regularly and consult a doctor without delay in cases such as rapid weight gain, fatigue, loss of appetite and edema in the feet or legs.
Mitral Valve Insufficiency Symptoms
- Shortness of breath,
- pain in chest,
- Rhythm disorders,
- Don't get tired easily,
- Weakness of unknown cause
Heart valve insufficiency usually does not cause symptoms in the initial stages. Heart valve-related problems are often detected incidentally while being checked for different diseases. While mitral valve insufficiency or stenosis does not affect the patient's life in the initial stage, serious dysfunctions may occur in the future. In advanced mitral valve disease, significant symptoms may occur and patients may often complain of heart palpitations or heart fluttering.
When Should People with Mitral Valve Insufficiency Have Surgery?
Early diagnosis of mitral valve insufficiency increases the chance of treatment. Since treatment is applied according to the level of the problem in the mitral valve, it is important to consult a doctor without delay in case of heart valve-related problems. In advanced mitral valve diseases, heart valve replacement is required, and treatment can also be performed with mitral valve repair, depending on the level of mitral valve defect. For those with mitral valve insufficiency, treatment is based on the level of insufficiency. Surgical treatment is essential for those with advanced mitral valve insufficiency. However, drug therapy may also be applied to some patients.
Mitral Valve Surgery
Treatment is performed according to the degree of mitral valve insufficiency. It is not necessary to apply drug therapy or surgical treatment in patients with first and second level mitral valve insufficiency. However, patients should be checked regularly. Because the insufficiency may progress over time and pose a risk to the patient's life. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important in the treatment of heart valve patients. For this reason, those with level 1 and 2 deficiencies should not neglect their check-ups. For repair or replacement of heart valves in advanced insufficiencies mitral valve surgery must be done. Metal heart valves or biological valves can be used in mitral valve replacement surgery. The success rate of mitral valve surgery is quite high when performed by surgeons who are experts in the field of cardiovascular surgery.