Problems with the mitral valve can cause shortness of breath, palpitations and dizziness.
Firstly, your doctor will have taken a full history from you. If Mitral Valve Disease is suspected, an ECG and echocardiogram will probably be requested to confirm. Ambulatory Holter Monitoring and Transoesophageal Echocardiography may also be indicated depending on your symptoms and the information obtained from the other investigations.
Treatment depends on the severity of the problem and may include medication to control the underlying cause or mitral valve repair or replacement.
This is an invasive procedure to block the electrical signals causing atrial fibrillation and to restore sinus rhythm. [READ MORE]
This procedure blocks the electrical signals that cause a fluttering heartbeat and restores sinus rhythm. [READ MORE]
This scan is used to ascertain the risk of a heart attack or stroke within the next 5-10 years. [READ MORE]
An ‘echo’ is an ultrasound scan of the heart to assess structure and function. [READ MORE]
These scans enable cardiologists to view detailed images of the heart’s anatomy. [READ MORE]
Sometimes an ‘echo’ scan of the heart requires an ultrasound probe to be passed down the food pipe to provide a clearer image. [READ MORE]