Originally Posted by pistons22girl
I have a peripartum cardiomyopathy due to a recent pregnancy. My most recent echo shows mild mitral valve leaflet thickening/calcification.. I'm not sure if that is common to see in PPCM. But I was told by my doctor to keep an eye on it. There was no regurgitation visualized. What are the risks of having mitral valve calcification?? I'm not quite sure what it means.
Calcification of the valves is the accumulation of calcium deposits at the site of the valve opening that can restrict blood flow and medically termed valve stenosis.
Severe stenosis causes the heart to work harder that can eventually reduce pumping functionality resulting in blood backing up into the lungs, heart failure, stroke, arrhythmia and infection of the valves.
Leaflet thickening/calcification may prevent the leaflets from properly closing causing leakage. If severe, the result would be the same as valve stenosis.
Mild is insignificant, especially with an older person as it would be a relatively common condition.