A 21-year-old female asked:
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had mitral valve repair done.. still have mild leak shown on echo will this cause shortness of breath been 2 months since surgery.

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
51 years experience Cardiology
It depends.: It depends not only upon the degree of the mitral valve leak but also upon ones blood pressure. If the blood pressure is kept in the low normal range, one should not experience significant shortness of breath from the mild mitral leak.
Answered on Oct 27, 2013
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Possible: But keep with cardiac rehab to regain cv conditioning. Possibly still some anemia- iron and vitamins. Fluid retention should be resolving. No smoking, weight control, regular followup peripheral vasodilation may further reduce any regurgitation. Your cardiologist will review and recommend.
Answered on Oct 30, 2013

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