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A 26-year-old male asked:

How dangerous is mitral valve regurgitation ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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.
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
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.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can mitral valve regurgitation hinder me?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Possibly: Mitral regurgitation is not usually a problem depending on the cause until it is severe. Regular follow up with periodic echocardiograms are necessary. Speak with your doctor.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is mitral valve regurgitation inherited?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Sometimes: Like most conditions it is part inherited tendancy and part environment.
Dr. Brian Mott
Dr. Brian Mott commented
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
Mitral regurgitation results from weakening of the leaflet tissue or chordae in simple degenerative mr. Barlows disease is more severe tissue degeneration. Papillary muscle dysfunction usually is because of heart attack. Some of the tissue malformations may be hereditary to some degree
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is a trace of mitral valve regurgitation?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Very small leak: The mitral valve prevents blood from flowing backwards out of the main pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle). When a valve leaks we call this regugitation or insufficiency. One method of describing a leak is to classify it as trivial or trace, mild, moderate, or severe. A trace leak should not affect you heart in any way. A lot of people of this and never need anything done for it.
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A 16-year-old female asked:

What is mitral valve regurgitation?

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Backflow: The mitral valve is the between the left atrium and the left ventricle. As the left ventricle fills with blood, the blood in the left ventricle starts pushing on the mitral valve like the leaflets floating and when the ventricle squeezes, the mitral leaflets don't appose enough and allow some blood to flow back to the atrium instead of forward to the aorta.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is "trivial mitral valve regurgitation"?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Very small leak: The mitral valve prevents blood from flowing backwards out of the main pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle). When a valve leaks we call this regugitation or insufficiency. One method of describing a leak is to classify it as trivial, mild, moderate, or severe. A trivial leak should not affect you heart in any way. A lot of people of this and never need anything done for it.

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