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how dangerous is mitral valve regurgitation ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Varies with the defe: The seriousness of this defect varies with the defect. Possibly as much as 10% of adult females have a minor amount through their normal lifespan.It can also be so bad the patient cannot function without a valve replacement.
Answered on Oct 25, 2018
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Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: Mitral regurgitation is when it leaks blood backwards into the atrium. The seriousness of this is depends on the amount of leakage, the size of the heart, how well the heart squeezes and other factors. Many people live entirely normal lives with a small amount of leak. Surgery is indicated for severe cases (usually a repair) because in those cases it can improve life expectancy and quality of life.
Answered on Oct 25, 2018
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