Learn About Mitral Valve Regurgitation
Mitral valve regurgitation is leakage of blood backward through the mitral valve each time the left ventricle contracts. A leaking
mitral valve allows blood to flow in two directions during the contraction. Some blood flows from the ventricle through the aortic valve — as it should — and some blood flows back into the atrium. You may feel tired and out of breath.
If regurgitation is severe, increased pressure may result in congestion (or fluid build-up) in the lungs. It can cause congestive heart failure and possibly pulmonary hypertension.
Treatment for Mitral Valve Regurgitation
Treatment for mild mitral valve regurgitation may include medications to thin your blood. If it is more severe, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace the mitral valve. For some patients, surgery is not an option. For those patients we offer the MitraClip procedure.