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Mitral Stenosis: Basics

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: Apr 21, 2020
Expiration date: Apr 21, 2026
Reviewed: Apr 20, 2023


Mitral stenosis complicating rheumatic fever was common in the early decades of the 20th Century and remains common in much of the developing world. In the United States, both acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic mitral stenosis have become increasingly rare. In this exercise, we review the causes of mitral stenosis and focus on the clinical presentation, physical exam, and natural history. Conditions associated with mitral stenosis are discussed.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To enumerate the common etiologies of mitral stenosis including functional causes and rare causes
  • To describe the pathophysiologic parameters associated with mitral stenosis as observed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory
  • To correlate the patient’s symptoms of mitral stenosis with parameters typically measured in the cardiac catheterization laboratory

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again, if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close that tab.

Michael Ragosta III, MD

Dr. Michael Ragosta is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology. His clinical practice includes complex percutaneous coronary intervention, myocardial infarction, valvular heart disease, structural heart disease, and general cardiology. Dr. Ragosta is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at UVA and author of numerous textbooks related to cardiac catheterization and hemodynamic interpretation.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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