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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

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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In my echo reprt it says mild buckling of anterior mitral leaflet, no myxomatous thickness seen. And also trace mitral regurgitation.

In my echo reprt it says mild buckling of anterior mitral leaflet, no myxomatous thickness seen. And also trace mitral regurgitation.

Common picture: This is a common description of what can be an unremarkable finding. Some cardiologists will interpret this as mild mitral valve prolapse, but the description actually sounds more like one of the common normal variants of mitral valve appearance on echocardiogram. This appearance frequently is associated with no future negative outcomes. Discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Can doctors hear or only see trace mitral regurgitation?

Can doctors hear or only see trace mitral regurgitation?

See not hear: Mitral regurgitation has to be fairly significant to hear it. On the other hand, echoes are so doggone sensitive, they can see a drop of regurgitation. ...Read more

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What is trace tricuspid regurgitation, trace pulmonic regurgitation and trace mitral regurgitation noted on an echo? Anything to worry about?

Regurgitation: No, these are very common findings on echo. By themselves these are harmless. Your doctor should be able to tell if there was any other findings of any concern. ...Read more

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What is "trace tricuspid regurgitation, trace pulmonic regurgitation and trace mitral regurgitation" noted on an echo? Anything to worry about?

What is "trace tricuspid regurgitation, trace pulmonic regurgitation and trace mitral regurgitation" noted on an echo? Anything to worry about?

Valve regurgitation: Echocardiograms and doppler studies have become very sophisticated that they can identify the most minor abnormalities. "trace" findings are not harmful and nothing to worry about but your tests should be repeated every so often as recommended by your cardiologist to monitor these findings. Perhaps, in due time, these findings can get worse and be treated accordingly as they are discovered. ...Read more

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Can you have trace mitral regurgitation but no heart murmur?

Mitral regurgitation: Our echocardiogram studies are so sensitive that they frequently show tiny amounts of insignificant valve leak, with trace mitral regurgitation being the commonest of these. It is not a concern. To have a murmur you have to have enough turbulent blood flow to make an audible noise. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with trace mitral regurgitation, prolonged qt syndrome along with grade I diastolic?

Is it possible to be diagnosed with trace mitral regurgitation, prolonged qt syndrome along with grade I diastolic?

Yes to all: It's entirely possible to have all. Trace MR and grade 1 diastolic dysfunction are present in the vast majority of adults and require no treatment. Prolonged QT potentially is more serious. You must be careful what medications you are prescribed as many can make this dangerously worse. If you have issues with passing out, you need to be evaluated promptly by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Can mild tricuspid and trace pulmonic and mitral regurgitation cause blood clots? I'm worried.

No: There is no data to show that mild tricuspid and trace pulmonic and mitral regurgitation cause blood clots unless you have abnormal coagulapathy. Cardiac ultrosound can help if you have any concern. ...Read more

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What do you mean if u have slight dilated left artium with no evidence of thrombus. And mitral sclerosis w/ mild to moderate mitral regurgitation?

What do you mean if u have slight dilated left artium with no evidence of thrombus. And mitral sclerosis w/ mild to moderate mitral regurgitation?

LA DILATATION: That your left atrium is slightly enlarged without thrombosis. That your mitral valve is scared with mild to moderate backflow of blood in the mitral valve. ...Read more

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severe LAE, left atrium is severely dilated, mitral valve leaflets appear mildly thickened. Mitral regurgitation (1-2+), what does this mean?

Question? Consult!: These little boxes are not good for answering specific patient case problems. Consider a cardiology consultation here on HealthTap. The kind of consult where you ask for help within the next 24 hours works particularly well for a complex case because it enables emailing back and forth with the details. ...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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I went for a echocardiogram an my doctor has told me I have trivial pulmonary and trivial mitral regurgitation what dose this mean an can it kill me?

I went for a echocardiogram an my doctor has told me I have trivial pulmonary and trivial mitral regurgitation what dose this mean an can it kill me?

Likely no: If the results of the echocardiogram is trivial, likely should not be a big issues. Trivial or trace is minor, and not something to be worried about currently, unless you are having symptoms. Otherwise relax unless situation changes. Good luck! ...Read more

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I did heart echo, I got comment "Mitral regurgitation, trace" & "Long redundant Mitral AML with no MVP". I experience shortness of breath. Alarming?

I did heart echo, I got comment "Mitral regurgitation, trace" & "Long redundant Mitral AML with no MVP". I experience shortness of breath. Alarming?

No not alarming: The mitral valve finding is likely something you were born with and has nothing to do with your acute symptoms. Would see a physician and be evaluated for other possible explanations for SOB. ...Read more

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What's mitral regurgitation?

What's 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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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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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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Is there one best test to diagnose mitral regurgitation?

Yes, echo: Echocardiogram is simple and can assess the amount of regurgitation as well as the cause for it in most cases. ...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