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A 37-year-old female asked:

My echocardiogram reads mitral valve: the mitral valve leaflets appear thickened. non-rheumatic mild mitral regurgitation. should i be worried if i have constant heart palpitations?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Please review any and all tests with the prescribing practitioner who can interpret your results within the confines of your overall health. If you are not seeing a Cardiologist check with your GP to see if he/she feels a specialist's input is required.
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
By using the adjective, nonrheumatic, I assume the interpreter felt that the valve leaflets weren't fused together as is often seen in rheumatic heart disease. However progressive thickening of the leaflets lead to worsening mitral regurgitation. At this time the regurgitation may be trivial, but frequent palpitations may be significant arrhythmias seen with mitral valve abnormalities.See cardiolo
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Last updated Feb 28, 2022


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