I had mitral valve repair done. Why do I still have some leakage? Worrying me, do all repairs still have leakage.

Typical. Typically, following surgery for mitral valve insufficiency, there is at least mild residual mitral valve insufficiency. It is almost impossible to repair a mitral valve in such a way that there is no detectable residual mitral insufficiency. If there is only mild mitral insufficiency postoperatively, the repair is typically durable.
Yes. Mitral valve repair is designed to reduce or eliminate regurgitation. The goal is no leakage, but a small amount of leakage is acceptable. The durability of the repair determines whether the leaking gets worse over time.

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I had mitral valve repair done can I drink alcohol once recoveredcardiologist told me he still sees a little amount of leakage will alcohol make worse?

Drink alcohol? I would check with your cardiologist to be sure some studies show that a drink or 2 a day can be beneficial but not to over do it. It is a little concerning though that you had to go thru such a procedure and one of your main concerns is drinking alcohol. Read more...
Yes and no. Use of alcohol in moderation is not prohibited after valve repairative surgery. It will not worsen the minor residual leakage present. Read more...

I had mitral valve repair done, they said they still see some leakage, not signigicant enough. Once I revover can I drink alcohol, beer?

Mitral valve. Yes you will able to drink like the days of old. Read more...
Cardiomyopathy. Alcohol is not likely to directly effect a repaired valve. However, heavy alcohol usage can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy. This toxic effect injures the heart muscle, diminishes the muscle function, and dilates the heart. Dilation causes valves to leak. "echocardiogram may show enlarged heart chambers, leaking valves, and reduced pumping efficiency" http://goo.Gl/po8vcu. Read more...

I had mitral valve repair done 3 weeks ago. Cardiologist told me still sees a little leakage, if you elevate heart rate, will that make leak worse?

Possible. Rate increase may cause same volume leak with more beats. It the valve does not seat better, then more leak will happen. Some may have less leak as the heart is more contractile and the valve comes together better. Read more...
Well. Maybe transiently, but this should not pose a problem. Some leakage is common, don't worry too much about it too much! Read more...

Why do I still have a little amount of leakage after mitral valve repair done 2 weeks ago. Is this normal? Does everyone have some heart valve leakage

A little is normal. Mitral valve repair seeks to decrease the amount of regurgitation or "back-flow" through the mitral valve, it rarely completely eliminates it. Not everyone has heart valve leakage, but a small amount after surgery is acceptable. Read more...
Not uncommon. There may be a trivial or mild degree of leakage after repair surgery- this may continue to improve. It is certainly magnitudes improved from the severe mitral regurgitation presumably before surgery. A very high percentage of the population have a mild degree of valve leakage. Read more...
Mitral Valve Repair. Valve leaflets are flaps of tissue. It is normal to have a slight leak after the repair. They cannot make the valve too tight it can cause stenosis. They repair and tighten the annulus with a ring usually. A small amount of leak does not cause problems. Read more...

After mitral valve repair, I still have a little amount of leakage, I thought the repair was done to eliminate all leakage, is this normal?

Sounds ok. Slight leakage may be very acceptable and not dangerous. Your docs will monitor and explain. Read more...
Depends. Ideally, after repair their should be no leakage, but depending on the goal of the procedure and the patient, trace to mild residual leakage may be acceptable. Read more...

When a mitral valve repair is done how come all the leakage you had isnt completely eliminated they told me they still see little leakage after repair?

Mitral valve. Mitral repair usually isn't perfect, but then neither is normal mitral valve function. A little bit of mitral regurg is often seen on echo in many of us, post repair it isn't unusual to have some but lots less than caused the surgery. Generally it isn't problematic. Read more...

I had mitral valve repair done and istill have a little leakage. Possible to have mitral valve repair and end result no leakage?

Possible. It is not impossible for repair to result in no leak but does not always happen. None or minor leakage is an acceptable result for this procedure and would be considered successful. Read more...
Yes. Mitral valve repair is designed to reduce or eliminate regurgitation. The goal is no leakage, but a small amount of leakage is acceptable. The durability of the repair determines whether the leaking gets worse over time. Read more...

I had a mitral valve repair donecardiologist told me I still have some leakage is this normal willwalking as excercise make leakage worse been 2 weeks?

Mitral valve. Mitral repair usually isn't perfect, but then neither is normal mitral valve function. A little bit of mitral regurg is often seen on echo in many of us, post repair it isn't unusual to have some but lots less than caused the surgery. Generally it isn't problematic. Read more...