Heart and Blood Conditions

Mitral Valve Abnormalities Symptoms and Diagnosis

Symptoms of Mitral Valve Abnormalities

Mitral valve abnormalities may cause no symptoms at all or none for many years.

Your child may have some of these symptoms, depending on their valve problem and how severe it is:

  • Feeling short of breath when active or laying down
  • Coughing
  • Feeling more tired than normal
  • Having  palpitations  
  • Having an  arrhythmia  
  • Fainting or feeling dizzy
  • Having chest pain

Mitral Valve Abnormalities Diagnosis

To diagnose a problem with the mitral valve, your doctor will examine your child. The doctor will use a stethoscope to listen for abnormal sounds in their heart, like a murmur or the sound of a valve not closing well. Sometimes doctors find valve problems after hearing a heart murmur in a child who appears well.

Your child will need an echocardiogram test so the doctor can see how their heart works.

They may need other tests that provide more information about their heart. These include chest X-rays  or  MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)  of the heart,  cardiac catheterizationelectrocardiogram  and  exercise testing .