Valvular Heart Disease

Mitral Regurgitation

Mitral valve regurgitation — also called mitral regurgitation, mitral insufficiency or mitral incompetence — is a condition in which your heart's mitral valve doesn't close tightly, allowing blood to flow backwards in your heart.

Left untreated, severe mitral valve regurgitation can cause heart failure or heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
  • Symptoms
  • Difficulty breathing

    • Recurrent

    • Occurs or worsens with exertion

    common

    Fatigue

    common

    Irregular heartbeat

    • Recurrent

    common

    Rapid heart rate

    Enlarged feet or ankle

    or Swelling in lower leg(s)

    Cough with mucus or without mucus

    • Dry

    • Lasting 4 weeks or more

  • Risk factors
  • Mitral valve prolapse

    History of Rheumatic Fever

    or Recent upper respiratory tract infection

    Abnormal heart muscle

    High blood pressure disease

    Inflammation of the inner lining of the heart's chambers and valves

  • Treatment
  • For mild leakage, treatment is usually not necessary. You may need heart surgery to repair or replace the valve for severe leakage or regurgitation.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Valvular Heart Disease, then visit a cardiologist as soon as possible.

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