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how safe is it for a person with severe mitral regurgitation to have sex?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
It depends: A person with mitral regurgitation should check with his or her physician. There is a test called an echocardiogram which can actually measure the degree of regurgitation-which actually means the blood in the heart flows in the opposite direction than it should. A board certified cardiologist is best. There can be medication to help. In very severe cases, the mitral valve can be replaced.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Ask your physician: Mitral regurgitation can greatly diminish your exercise tolerance in daily life, but it is very unlikely to cause you to die suddenly by doing something that's less of a strain on your heart than running to catch the bus. You're under a physician' care, i trust. Part of your care as a whole person is not developing "cardiac neurosis" -- over-limiting your healthy activities with loved ones.

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