Tag Archives: Mitral valve

Atrial Fibrillation – Part 1 – What is it?


By Julian Booker, MD Atrial fibrillation, sometimes called a-fib, is the commonest cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm). In contrast to the metronome-like heart rhythm that we are used to, atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregularly irregular heartbeat. If you … Continue reading

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Can Medicines Help My Mitral Valve?


By Mustafa I. Ahmed MD Can Medicines Help My Mitral Valve? The mitral valve is there to stop blood flowing backwards in the left side of the heart, and so allows blood to travel the correct way, forward, to supply the … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 5, From Fiasco to Sensibility, How Common is it?


By Mustafa I. Ahmed, MD Before reading this, if you haven’t read the first few posts, go ahead and read them so you have a good understanding of what mitral valve prolapse is, and how the valve is affected. Mitral … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 4, Introduction to Mitral Regurgitation: The Leaky Mitral Valve


By Mustafa I. Ahmed, MD So far we have discussed what mitral valve prolapse is, and what causes it. If you have not read the previous sections yet, then I suggest you go read those first to have a basic … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 3 – The Dreaded ‘Flail leaflet’


By Mustafa I Ahmed MD What is Flail Leaflet?  Think of the mitral valve in mitral valve prolapse as a parachute. The canopy of the parachute is rounded, like a mitral valve prolapse valve (where as in a normal valve … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 2, What’s happening to the valve?


By Mustafa I. Ahmed, MD When initially described as a relatively common cause of mitral valve disease in the 1950’s, mitral valve prolapse (MVP) was known as ‘floppy valve syndrome.’ The underlying process making the valve floppy is technically termed … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 1, Lets Start With the Basics


By Mustafa I. Ahmed MD What is the Mitral Valve ? Blood flow through the left side of the heart is simple. It goes from the top chamber of the heart, to the bottom chamber of the heart then out … Continue reading

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