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A 31-year-old female asked:

I have a mitral valve prolapse with mild regurgitation. as an otherwise healthy and active 32 year old female, am i at increased risk of a potential covid-19 infection becoming serious?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: The SARS-CoV-2 virus seems to affect persons who are older or have underlying lung and heart conditions more severely than people who do not have these conditions. Part of the problem with underlying heart conditions is that when ill with a respiratory virus, the heart tries to compensate for decreased Oxygen by increasing how hard it pumps. Increased pressure can cause worsening heart valve probs
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
COVID 19: Conditions which may impact severity of COVID 19 infec-tions include valve regurgitation or stenosis, or moderate to severe prolapse. It isn’t known if mild mitral valve prolapse (MVP) increases risk of complications.

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