Donate to Mitral Valve Disease Research, Patient Care and Education
More than four million people are diagnosed with various types and degrees of mitral valve disease each year in the United States. The mitral valve is located between the two left chambers in our heart. It aids in the flow of oxygen-rich blood to and from the heart muscle. When this valve is not functioning properly, several types of mitral valve diseases can be diagnosed. If the valve does not close properly, leaks, or fuses together, blood can leak back into the heart. This occurrence can result in damage to the heart muscle.
By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help specialists at Northwestern Medicine to further advance research efforts and clinical care, as they strive to provide the very finest, most contemporary care to individuals affected by mitral valve disease.
Many of those afflicted with mitral valve disease may not have any symptoms for years or even decades. As signs and symptoms begin to develop, they may include an abnormal heart sound, often referred to as a murmur, that can be detected during a routine physical examination with a stethoscope. Other symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling in feet or ankles, as well as an irregular heartbeat. While these symptoms alone do not necessarily mean mitral heart valve disease is present, a person experiencing these symptoms should see a physician for a complete evaluation.
Specialists at Northwestern Medicine have identified several factors that place people at risk of contracting mitral valve disease. These include older age, history of infections, conditions that may have been present at birth, heart disease and heart attacks that can greatly impact the health of the mitral valve, as well as a history of certain medication use.
A myriad of complications can result from mitral valve disease. Board-certified physicians at Northwestern Medicine have identified the most critical complications that may arise. These can include irregular heart rhythms in the upper heart chambers, high blood pressure, blood clots, heart attacks and stroke. Mitral valve disease can be a very grave condition.
At Northwestern Medicine, a team of specialized physicians, which include cardiologists, neurologists, physical therapists, nutritionists and highly trained nurses, will design custom treatments based on the severity of your diagnosis. These treatment options may include insertion of aortic balloons, stints, MitraClip insertion for regurgitation as well as cardiac behavioral medicine. Lifestyle and diet changes will accompany any surgical procedure. These lifestyle changes can include smoking cessation programs, nutrition counseling and exercise therapists.
Mitral Valve Disease Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Please consider making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation to advance research and clinical trials to develop diagnostic and treatment options for those afflicted with mitral valve disease.