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Health Talk: Mitral Valve Stenosis

What Mitral Valve Stenosis Is

Mitral Valve Stenosis is a type of heart condition in which the mitral valve does not open wide, in contrast to that of a mitral valve prolapse. With mitral valve stenosis, the valve becomes stiff or scarred, or rather, the flaps are partially joined together.

When a mitral valve fails to open properly, blood flowing through the left ventricle is being blocked. A patient with this kind of condition may feel tired and experience shortness of breath.

What Causes Mitral Valve Stenosis

A possible cause of mitral valve stenosis is an infection called rheumatic fever which may scar the mitral valve. Other possible causes of this condition are congenital heart defect, endocarditis, hardening of the valve or other parts due to aging or severe kidney disease and even conditions causing the scarring of valve such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

What Are The Symptoms of Mitral Valve Stenosis?

Though this type of condition is a lifelong disease, some symptoms won’t seem to show or usually take 10 to 20 years to develop. Early symptoms of mitral valve stenosis are often mild, however, in the later stages, this type of heart condition may damage the left atrium when left untreated, making the symptoms even worse.

Some symptoms that a patient with mitral valve stenosis may experience fatigue or weakness, palpitations, shortness of breath, and an irregular heart rhythm, as well as skin discoloration, trouble swallowing, chest pain and even hoarseness or vocal cord paralysis.

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Product Review: Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer

Cheer up, fellow Filipino Potterheads cause the long wait is finally over! Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer or rather known as Butterbeer in the movie Harry Potter. This may seem new and weird to some people but it may be worth a try. This drink is manufactured from Reed’s soda company and it somehow tastes like that of a butterscotch.

People don’t really have to bother or worry about not having any broomstick (most especially Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000) just to fly their way to the Universal Studio in Japan just to get a taste of this product when they can buy it at a nearest store that sells them.

Just in case you’re wondering if this might get you drunk or groggy,   there’s no need to worry as this treat is a non-alcoholic type of refreshment that even children can enjoy.

In my case, I bought a bottle of this treat yesterday from Healthy Options (Robinson’s Magnolia branch) . It has a right amount or level of sweetness.

Can’t get enough? Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer can be bought at Healthy Options (either at Robinson’s Magnolia or any Healthy Options branch that sells them) .In some places like Salem, Massachusetts , Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer can be bought by packs (either 12-pack or 24-pack, depending on how many you would want to stock up.)

Watch out for the calorie count though!