Symptoms

Symptoms of Mitral Valve Disease

The symptoms of mitral valve disease vary for the two general forms: mitral regurgitation/insufficiency (including mitral valve prolapse) and mitral stenosis. Symptoms may include:

Mitral valve Insufficiency/regurgitation

The primary symptoms of mitral valve insufficiency/regurgitation may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue and exercise intolerance
  • A rapid, fluttering heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Chest pain

Mitral valve prolapse

Symptoms of mitral valve prolapse can be mild or develop gradually. They include:

  • A racing or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Dizziness or feeling lightheaded
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain

Mitral valve stenosis

For some, the primary and often only symptom of mitral stenosis is shortness of breath. As the disease progresses, the heart weakens as it struggles to get blood through a small, stiff valve opening. Symptoms of mitral valve stenosis may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough due to fluid on the lungs (pulmonary edema)
  • A rapid, fluttering heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Swollen feet or legs
  • Blood clots
  • Chest pain

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

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To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

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To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

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Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

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