“What Do Calcified Heart Valves Look Like?” Asks Tanya

I just received an interesting question from Tanya about calcified heart valve leaflets.

Tanya writes, “Dear Adam – I am hoping you can help me better understand my diagnosis of mitral stenosis. The doctor mentioned that I am moderate-to-severe and could be facing surgery soon. The cardiologist also said that my valve may be calcified. I’m curious…. Do you have any pictures of a calcified valve? Thanks! Tanya”

Calcified Leaflets Mitral ValveCalcified Mitral Valve

Like Tanya, I also wanted to know what a calcified heart valve looked like when I was diagnosed with aortic stenosis – prior to my heart valve replacement surgery. That said, I did locate the following pictures of a mitral valve and an aortic valve that are both calcified.

The above picture shows a mitral valve in which the two mitral valve leaflets are severely calcified. The picture below shows an aortic valve in which all three leaflets are calcified.

Calcified Leaflets Aortic ValveCalcified Aortic Valve

I hope this helps Tanya (and all of us) learn a little bit more about heart valves that suffer from calcified leaflets. As they say, “A picture is worth a 1,000 words.”

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
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