Harvard Heart Letter

Managing mitral valve disease: Progress and promise

Operations to fix faulty mitral valves are on the rise. But less invasive nonsurgical strategies are under development. The mitral valve — so named because it resembles a miter, a bishop’s formal headdress — sits between the two chambers on the left side of your heart. Inherited conditions, diseases, or a combination of the two can cause changes in the size, shape, flexibility, or mechanics of the mitral valve, leaving it unable…

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