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What are the chances of needing surgery for severe mitral valve regurgitation?

What are the chances of needing surgery for severe mitral valve regurgitation?

Depends on symptoms: Symptoms generally dictate need for corrective surgery (repair vs replacement) in mr cases. Consult with a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


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How safe is surgery for severe mitral valve regurgitation?

How safe is surgery for severe mitral valve regurgitation?

MVR: This surgery is done quite well by experienced cardiac teams. With appropriate choice of patient, appropriate procedure and follow up most patients do quite well. As with any surgery certain things increase the risk of the surgery and complicate the risk benefit evaluation. ...Read more

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Is valve replacement surgery will be needed for physiologic mitral valve regurgitation to treat pulmonaryHTN? Even if not so severe?

Is valve replacement surgery will be needed for physiologic mitral valve regurgitation to treat pulmonaryHTN? Even if not so severe?

Valve: Valve surgery is usually not considered unless patient is having significant problems. Passing out etc. Pulmaonary HTN can be treated medically. You need to talk to your cardiologist or pulmonologist about specific prognosis and therapies. ...Read more

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I am 29years old with moderate mitral valve regurgitation, my dr put me on Labetalol 100mg per day to control PVC's, is this dose normal?

I am 29years old with moderate mitral valve regurgitation, my dr put me on Labetalol 100mg per day to control PVC's, is this dose normal?

Labetalol dose usual: Yes. The dose of 100 mg of labetalol is the normal starting dose. This is in the class of drugs called beta blockers and they are preferred first line meds for rhythm problems. For women labetalol is the best choice out of this class as it is safe in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is mitral valve regurgitation?

What is mitral valve regurgitation?

Leaky: Your heart valves are supposed to be one way doors. Blood is supposed to be pushed out in one direction with the valve (door) closing behind. If the door doesn't close completely and or some blood leaks backward it is called regurgitation. A little bit is not a problem, a large amount can make the heart need to work too hard. ...Read more

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Is mitral valve regurgitation inherited?

Is mitral valve regurgitation inherited?

Sometimes: Like most conditions it is part inherited tendancy and part environment. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve regurgitation hinder me?

Possibly: Mitral regurgitation is not usually a problem depending on the cause until it is severe. Regular follow up with periodic echocardiograms are necessary. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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How dangerous is mitral valve regurgitation?

How dangerous is mitral valve regurgitation?

Depends: Mitral regurgitation is when it leaks blood backwards into the atrium. The seriousness of this is depends on the amount of leakage, the size of the heart, how well the heart squeezes and other factors. Many people live entirely normal lives with a small amount of leak. Surgery is indicated for severe cases (usually a repair) because in those cases it can improve life expectancy and quality of life. ...Read more

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What is "trivial mitral valve regurgitation"?

What is "trivial mitral valve regurgitation"?

Very small leak: The mitral valve prevents blood from flowing backwards out of the main pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle). When a valve leaks we call this regugitation or insufficiency. One method of describing a leak is to classify it as trivial, mild, moderate, or severe. A trivial leak should not affect you heart in any way. A lot of people of this and never need anything done for it. ...Read more

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What is a trace of mitral valve regurgitation?

What is a trace of mitral valve regurgitation?

Very small leak: The mitral valve prevents blood from flowing backwards out of the main pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle). When a valve leaks we call this regugitation or insufficiency. One method of describing a leak is to classify it as trivial or trace, mild, moderate, or severe. A trace leak should not affect you heart in any way. A lot of people of this and never need anything done for it. ...Read more

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Mitral valve regurgitation cause any problems?

Maybe...: Mild mvr usually causes no issues and does not require antibiotics before procedures such as dental work. More severe disease can causes shortness of breath and fatigue with exercise and my need antibiotics before procedures. ...Read more

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What does mitral valve regurgitation trivial mean?

What does mitral valve regurgitation trivial mean?

Clinically...: Clinically insignificant? Best to check with your doctor as to his/her precise meaning however byt the term "trivial." ...Read more

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Can I be a navy nurse if I have mitral valve regurgitation?

Can I be a navy nurse if I have mitral valve regurgitation?

See Specifics below: The following are causes for commissioning rejection:
"all valvular heart diseases, congenital or acquired, including those improved by surgery except mitral valve prolapse and bicuspid aortic valve. These latter two conditions are not reasons for rejection unless there is associated tachyarrhythmia, mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis, insufficiency, or cardiomegaly.". ...Read more

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How to tell if mitral valve regurgitation is getting worse?

How to tell if mitral valve regurgitation is getting worse?

Echo: An echocardiogram (fancy ultrasound of the heart) is the main tool for following mitral regurgitation. Also, maybe even more important is the presence or lack of symptoms. As mitral regurge gets worse usually you get tired easier. The amount of activity to make you short of breath becomes less and less. You may not be able to lay flat and may have to sit up to breathe. Your dr can help. ...Read more

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Can mild mitral valve regurgitation improve on its own or with any medication?

Not likely: Without knowing the etiology of the mitral regurgitation it is difficult to accurately answer your question however in general mitral regurgitation does not improve over time. It is either stable without change or gets worse. There are medications that will decrease the amount of regurgitation but not cure it. Follow routinely with your health care provider and I am certain you will be OK. ...Read more

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Can a person with mitral valve regurgitation do cardio exercises without worry?

Can a person with mitral valve regurgitation do cardio exercises without worry?

Yes you can: It is safe to do cardio exercises with mitral valve regurgitation. If the leakage through your mitral valve is significant you may notice that you get short of breath more easily. Exercising regularly is a good way to recondition your heart. It also helps you detect quickly if you start to get more symptomatic. ...Read more

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Mild mitral valve regurgitation: no need to worry? Or anything to do or take, look out for, or not do?

Mild mitral valve regurgitation: no need to worry?  Or anything to do or take, look out for, or not do?

Need follow-up: You do not need to worry at this time, however you should not forget that you have mild mitral regurgitation. Many people have mild mitral regurgitation and never require any treatments. In some cases, it can progress to moderate or severe. The best thing is for you to keep your heart healthy by exercising 30 minutes a day 4 or 5 times a week. If your body is healthy, your heart is likely to be. ...Read more

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Mitral valve regurgitation and hypertension related?

Not necessarily: They are two separate entities and may coexist but generally are not causative of one another. ...Read more

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Could mitral valve regurgitation cause anemia?

Could mitral valve regurgitation cause anemia?

Unlikely: If one has mixed mitral valve disease with a heavily calcified mitral valve that is both stenotic and regurgitant, one could imagine marked turbulance of the blood flow across the mitral valve with destruction of rbc's however, this is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does mitral valve regurgitation 2/4 means?

On echocardiogram : Or by auscultation as they are different. ...Read more

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Is mitral valve regurgitation normal and will it heal on its on with a healthy life style?

Is mitral valve regurgitation normal and will it heal on its on with a healthy life style?

It can be normal: Usually doesn't heal unless related to a reversible condition... How severe? ...Read more

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Cardiologist heard mitral valve regurgitation from my husbands ten-year repaired mitral valve. This is new. How concerning is this?

Cardiologist heard mitral valve regurgitation from my husbands ten-year repaired mitral valve. This is new. How concerning is this?

Strange question: If your cardiologist is suspecting mitral regurgitation after auscultating over your husband's heart with his stethoscope, he should probably order a 2-D ECHO to assess the integrity of the repaired valve before taking any further steps. Why didn't you ask this question to your husband's cardiologist instead of to me? ...Read more

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If you have mitral valve prolapse is it common to get mitral valve regurgitation?

If you have mitral valve prolapse is it common to get mitral valve regurgitation?

Not necessarily: Mitral valve prolapse may progress to regurge but most patients do not progress to the point of needing surgery. It is important to maintain follow up, however. Also, you will need antibiotics before procedures and dental visits to reduce the risk of valve infections. ...Read more