By: Dr Mary Jean Loreche-Diao

An Open Heart Surgery was recently done at Capitol University Medical City, a first in Northern Mindanao. The operation was to correct a Mitral Valve Stenosis, a heart condition wherein the leaflets of the mitral valve (one of the four valves of the heart) are fused together by scar tissue, which gradually causes a norrowing of the valve, thereby slowing blood flow from the left atrium to the left ventricles, which in turn causes the heart to overwork and enlarge. If untreated, Mintral valve stenosis can result into heart attacks or strokes. The most common cause of Mintral valve stenosis is a bacterial infection of the throat, which, when it involves the heart, can produce what we call Rheumatic Heart Disease.

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