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Mitral Valve Symptoms & Causes

Symptoms & Causes

The symptoms and causes of mitral valve disease are dependent on what is actually wrong with your valve. Some people experience no symptoms at all, but symptoms usually develop gradually.

Below, we’ve detailed the symptoms and causes that are common for each one of the conditions associated with mitral valve disease.

Dr. Peter Mikhail, cardiac surgeon, treats mitral valve regurgitation, mitral valve stenosis, and mitral valve prolapse in the Tampa area.

Mitral valve regurgitation/insufficiency 


  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Fast breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue


  • A heart attack
  • Childhood rheumatic fever
  • Infective endocarditis
heart disease

Mitral stenosis


  • Chest pain that worsens with activity
  • Heart palpitations
  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing after exercise and at night
  • Fatigue
  • Bronchitis and other frequent respiratory infections
  • Swelling of the feet and ankles
  • A hoarse voice
  • Atrial fibrillation

Some of these symptoms can appear during pregnancy, endocarditis, a respiratory infection, or other cardiac conditions.


  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Any condition that leads to the narrowing of the mitral valve

Mitral valve prolapse (MVP)


  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Coughing
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Tachycardia
  • Shortness of breath, especially when lying down


  • Hereditary
  • Marfan syndrome
  • People with small frames
  • Minor chest wall deformities
  • Skeletal disorders like scoliosis


Mitral valve disease is when the mitral valve (the valve located between the left atrium and left ventricle heart chambers) no longer works properly.


Symptoms can vary depending on the severity and condition of the mitral valve disease. Fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain are common.


Minimally invasive heart surgery can treat mitral valve insufficiency, mitral stenosis, and mitral valve prolapse (MVP).


Minimally invasive heart mitral valve surgery avoids complete sternotomy (open-heart surgery).


Patients experience reduced trauma and pain in post-op. Symptoms will reduce and quality of life should improve.


At-home lifestyle changes, like eating a healthy diet and taking proper medications, can reduce symptoms and keep the heart healthy, but cannot fix the mitral valve.

Don’t put your life in just any surgeon’s hands. Trust in Dr. Mikhail and his proven success!

Dr. Peter Mikhail is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Tampa, Clearwater, and New Port Richey, Florida. Dr. Mikhail is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, The American Board of Thoracic Surgery and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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