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Anyone diagnose mitral regurgitation? how?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Primary care, ECHO: Your primary care provider (md, do, pa, fnp..) can diagnose mitral regurgitation on exam (murmur) and order an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) for confirmation.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can anyone give information about mitral regurgitation?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
MR: The mitral valve has 2 leaflets which separates the left ventricle from the left atrium. Blood passes across the mv from the la to the lv when the heart is filling. When the ventricle contracts, the mv is closed and no blood goes backward into the la unless regurgitation is present. Then the blood leaks backward, overfilling the la and raising the pressure.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is there one best test to diagnose mitral regurgitation?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: A murmur (detected with a stethoscope) is characteristic and is the usual way one suspects it. An echocardiogram is the gold standard. Mild mitral regurgitation will not produce a murmur and an echo will confirm that it is truly insignificant.

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