Mitral Valve Stenosis
What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors for mitral valve stenosis are:
- History of Reference rheumatic fever Opens New Window. But since most people don't know that they had rheumatic fever, they may not know they are at risk.
- Aging. Wear and tear of the valve over time may cause it to harden and narrow.
- Being female. More women than men get this problem.
Diabetes and Reference Marfan's syndrome Opens New Window can sometimes lead to stenosis. Any condition that scars the valves, such as Reference endocarditis Opens New Window, also may cause stenosis.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 18, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology