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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)

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 ...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