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my son has mitral valve disease. should i be concerned?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
It depends.: It depends on the severity and the underlying cause. An echocardiogram can beextremely helpful
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Depends: Depends entirely on type and severity. Generally there are 2 kinds of problems:blockage (aka stenosis) (almost always from rheumatic fever) and leakage (regurgitation). Mild forms require no treatment and cause no symptoms. Severe forms are correctable. You need the details before deciding if there's any cause for concern.

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