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Dr. Irving Harper
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Mitral Regurgitation (Definition)

A disorder of the heart in which the mitral valve, separating left atrium and left ventricle does not close properly. When the heart pumps out blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle through the incompetent valve, it leads to the abnormal leaking of blood from the left ventricle back ...Read more


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Anyone diagnose mitral regurgitation? How?

Anyone diagnose mitral regurgitation? How?

Primary care, ECHO: Your primary care provider (md, do, pa, fnp..) can diagnose mitral regurgitation on exam (murmur) and order an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) for confirmation. ...Read more

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Arotic regurgitation grade1, mitral regurgitation grade1, left ventricle distinction.Taking n-pill.Need best solution.He's my dad.Age:50?

Arotic regurgitation grade1, mitral regurgitation grade1, left ventricle distinction.Taking n-pill.Need best solution.He's my dad.Age:50?

Grade 1=mild: Grade 1 (mild) aortic and mitral regurgitation do not cause symptoms and do not require treatment. They're harmless. Not sure what you mean by lv "distinction" (maybe dilation?). Not sure what n-pill is? ...Read more

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Would moderate mitral regurgitation explain small bilateral pleural effusion. Is it a normal finding in that context? All other tests clear. I dont want to waste money on a echo if its an expected finding.

Would moderate mitral regurgitation explain small bilateral pleural effusion. Is it a normal finding in that context? All other tests clear. I dont want to waste money on a echo if its an expected finding.

Pleural effusions: Pleural effusions are not normal. You need an echo to see if your heart function/structure is compromised That will dictate management of your cardiac status . You need a full cardiac work up. HR of 220 even in exercise is not normal. Do you have septal hypertrophy? diastolic dysfx.? F/u/ w/ cardiology ...Read more

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I've mitral valve prolapse without mitral regurgitation, and had panic disord and now I am anxious. I'm noticing extrasystole (fail of one bit)wat2do?

I've mitral valve prolapse without mitral regurgitation, and had panic disord and now I am anxious. I'm noticing extrasystole (fail of one bit)wat2do?

Anxious: Mitral valve prolapse is often associated with anxiety. First try the natural and self-directed ways to relieve anxiety-- (1) exercise; a brisk walk whenever you can; (2) progressive muscle relaxation exercises (you can find these on the internet); they work; (3) meditation, or even just sitting still in silence for 10-20 minutes at a time on a regular basis. Otherwise, you can see an md for med. ...Read more

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Had a murmur ,My echo says I have trace to mild mitral regurgitation in one valve. normal weight, lipids, bp, glu. Reason to f/u with cardiology?

 Had a murmur ,My echo says I have trace to mild mitral regurgitation in one valve. normal weight, lipids, bp, glu. Reason to f/u with cardiology?

Not really: Trace to mild regurgitation on echocardiogram is likely not the cause of your auscultated "murmur" as that would be very hard to hear. I suspect your doctor thought there was a murmur, and it turns out not to be clinically significant. If you are truly asymptomatic: no SOB, no chest pain, etc., then no need for cardio based on this finding alone. As for preventative care, ensure lipids really norm ...Read more

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Whats mitral regurgitation?

Whats mitral regurgitation?

MR: The mitral valve has 2 leaflets which separates the left ventricle from the left atrium. Blood passes across the mv from the la to the lv when the heart is filling. When the ventricle contracts, the mv is closed and no blood goes backward into the la unless regurgitation is present. Then the blood leaks backward, overfilling the la and raising the pressure. ...Read more

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What causes mitral regurgitation?

What causes mitral regurgitation?

Many things: Regurgitation means the valve allows blood to leak backwards thru the valve. Causes can be several things. This includes degenerative changes in valve tissues, rupture of supporting chords, rheumatic fever, infections, heart attacks and many more. Your doctor with the help of a good history and physical exam and some tests like an echo can help figure out which the cause. ...Read more

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What does trace mitral regurgitation mean?

What does trace mitral regurgitation mean?

VERY MILD valve leak: Trace means 'very mild' and mitral valve regurgitation means 'leak'. It happens when your mitral valve doesn't close tightly, which allows blood to flow backward in your heart. When the 'leak' is moderate-severe you may develop symptoms of tiredness & fatigue. The worst thing: 'heart failure' requiring heart surgery and valve replacement (but you are no where near that stage) so, no worries here. ...Read more

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Can mild mitral regurgitation progress over time?

Can mild mitral regurgitation progress over time?

Yes: Yes, with aging, it can progress but not necessarily. Onset of coronary artery disease, degenerative annular calcification, infection and hypertension can make it worse. ...Read more

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What are the typical symptoms of mitral regurgitation?

What are the typical symptoms of mitral regurgitation?

hardly any.: With a large mr, low exercise tolerance and running out of breath are most likely. With a small one, only a murmur on routine heart exam. ...Read more

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Can anyone give information about mitral regurgitation?

Can anyone give information about mitral regurgitation?

MR: The mitral valve has 2 leaflets which separates the left ventricle from the left atrium. Blood passes across the mv from the la to the lv when the heart is filling. When the ventricle contracts, the mv is closed and no blood goes backward into the la unless regurgitation is present. Then the blood leaks backward, overfilling the la and raising the pressure. ...Read more

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Will trivial mitral regurgitation worsen as age advances?

Will  trivial mitral regurgitation worsen as age advances?

It can: Mitral (MI-tral) valve prolapse (MVP) is a condition in which one of the heart's valves, the mitral valve, doesn't work properly. The flaps of the valve are "floppy" and don't close tightly. Much of the time, MVP doesn't cause any problems. Rarely, blood can leak the wrong way through the floppy valve, which may cause shortness of breath, palpitations (strong or rapid heartbeats), or chest pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat mitral regurgitation percutanously?

Is it possible to treat mitral regurgitation percutanously?

Sort of...: It is possible to place a clip on the leaflets for an alfieri-type result. Also, annuplasty rings can be placed in the coronary sinus to change the configuration of the mitral valve. However, these maneuvers don't work too well. Ultimately, if the mitral valve really needs repair then surgery by a cardiothoracic surgeon with a *particular expertise in mitral valve repair* is the way to go. ...Read more

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What things affect the chances of getting mitral regurgitation?

What things affect the chances of getting mitral regurgitation?

Some causes are....: Mitral valve prolapse, destruction of valve structure by degeneration or infection, heart attack and scar disrupting the conical shape of the heart or tearing the tethers of the mitral valve, enlargement and weakness of heart muscle and delayed conduction of electrical impulse from the upper chamber to the lower chamber of the heart and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tugging at the valve. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mitral regurgitation?

What is the definition or description of: mitral regurgitation?

M.valve incompetence: Mitral regurgitation or mitral insufficiency or mitral incompetence is a disorder of the heart in which the mitral valve, separating left atrium and left ventricle does not close properly. When the heart pumps out blood from the left atrium to the left ventricle through the incompetent valve, it leads to the abnormal leaking of blood from the left ventricle back to the left atrium. ...Read more

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