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Mitral Valve Disease

Mitral valve disease is the most common form of heart valve disease in the United States, affecting five percent of the population and resulting in over 500,000 hospital admissions per year. There are two general forms of mitral valve disease, mitral regurgitation/insufficiency (including mitral valve prolapse) and mitral stenosis.  

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Heart Valve Specialists

At the Center for Heart Valve Disease, the team of cardiac specialists, including cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, work together to diagnose and treat mitral valve disease using the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology (AHA/ACC) Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Valvular Heart Disease that assists physicians in clinical decision making for the prevention, diagnosis and management of heart valve disease. In addition, patients are closely followed by heart valve coordinator, Eileen McDonald, RN, who is available to answer questions and assist patients and referring cardiologists.

Diagnosing Mitral Valve Disease

At the Center for Heart Valve Disease the most advanced imaging tests are available to help diagnose mitral valve disease including stress testing, 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Treating Mitral Valve Disease

Mitral valve disease is very complex and requires careful analysis to properly identify and characterize the disease.  Treatment options for mitral valve disease include:


For more information regarding mitral valve disease and the treatments available, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 1-866-662-8467 or request a first time appointment online.

Last UpdateDecember 18, 2013