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A 37-year-old male asked:

Had an echocardiogram the other day and it said i have trace regurgitation in the mitral, tri cuspid and pulmonic valves is this abnormal?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 22 years experience
Yes but mayb insigni: Echocardiograms are more sensitive than the human body, so a small amount of leakage from valves that do NOT cause symptoms can be detected. No valve is perfect, & heart valves can degenerate (wear out) over time. Trace mitral regurg is perhaps the most worrisome; usually trace pulmonic & tricuspid regurg is insignificant. Don't worry too much... keep a copy of the report for future reference. GL.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
No optimal yet also: not rare. Is this normal (defined by Medical Industry as average to include the central ~96%)? Yes. As long as the amount of regurgitation is mild and does not get worse over time, unlikely to ever be a problem. BP important: ↑ed systemic BP (what is usually measured) will ↑ the mitral regurgitation; optimally keep resting SBP <120 mmHg. ↑ed pulmonary BP will ↑ tricuspid & pulmonic regurgitation.
Last updated Apr 27, 2017


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