Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2010 , Vol 13 (Supplement)
MANAGEMENT OF MITRAL VALDE DISEASE IN ELDERLY
Şule KORKMAZ
Ankara Yüksek İhtisas Hastanesi, Kardiyoloji Kliniği, Sıhhiye, ANKARA Mitral valve disease is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in patients over age of 65. The etiology, physical findings, and natural history of mitral valve diseases may vary in older and younger patients. The clinical evaluation, along with various non-invasive cardiac procedures, is important for identifying mitral valve disease as the cause of abnormal signs and symptoms in older patients. Recognition of mitral valve abnormalities has important implications, because mitral valve repair or replacement is usually associated with favorable short- and long-term results, even in patients over age of 65. Keywords : Mitral valve; Aged