What is mitral regurgitation?
Mitral regurgitation (also called mitral valve regurgitation) occurs when the mitral valve does not close properly. This causes a “regurgitation,” where blood leaks back into the mitral valve whenever the left ventricle contracts. Proper treatment of the condition is very important, because the condition can lead to problems like heart failure or heart arrhythmias if left untreated.
The treatment plan for mitral regurgitation depends on the severity of your condition and personal health characteristics. Treatments may include one or a combination of the following:
- Lifestyle modifications to achieve healthier habits
- Regular checkups and monitoring
- Medication management, including Beta-blockers, diuretics, blood thinners and blood pressure medicines
- Mininally invasive MitraClip procedure
- Open heart mitral valve repair or replacement surgery
Choosing PeaceHealth for your mitral regurgitation care
PeaceHealth cardiologists average 34 years of experience treating mitral regurgitation and treat an average of 1,400 mitral regurgitation patients every year. We have the experience to help you manage your condition and lead a full healthy life, so you never have to miss a beat.
Quality care close to home
You don’t have to wait to get the care you need. With more than 50 heart specialists across Alaska, Washington and Oregon, you can conveniently and promptly get an appointment close to home.
PeaceHealth is consistently recognized for providing safe, effective, and high-quality cardiac care. Recent recognition has come from the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, the Foundation for Health Care Quality, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
We take pride in introducing minimally invasive heart technologies and surgical techniques into our communities. Today's advanced heart procedures are designed to help you recover quickly and so that you can return to your normal life.
Personalized care plans
We understand every patient has a different story. Our cardiac specialists will partner with you and your primary care physician to evaluate your condition and ensure you get connected with a treatment pathway that best fits your needs.
Symptoms and diagnosis of mitral regurgitation
You should make an appointment with your primary care physician or cardiologist if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath with activity or when lying down
- Rapid breathing
- Rapid heartbeat or the unpleasant sensation of rapid, fluttering heartbeat (palpitations)
- Excessive urination at night
- Swelling in the legs, abdomen, or the veins in your neck
Diagnosis of mitral regurgitation is typically done through one or more tests conducted at your appointment. This may include a computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart, echocardiogram, or cardiac catheterization.