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Mitral Valve Regurgitation – Overview



Let's talk about one of the murmurs mitral regurgitation. This is a fairly common murmur we see as cardiologist. Again, what is mitral regurgitation? It's when the mitral valve in the heart is leaking and that has its own characteristics on sound and we see it on echocardiogram. If you have mitral regurgitation, the first thing we need to know is how bad is it? How much does it leak? Is it causing problems? Do you have symptoms from it? Is it damaging the heart? If we find that the answer is no to these questions, we would leave it alone and monitor it every 6 to 12 months. If however your mitral regurgitation is significant, then we would study it and determine the best option for treatment, which includes medications and procedures and surgery.

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