If you’ve been diagnosed with mitral regurgitation (MR), you’re not alone. This little-known disease affects some two million people in the United States. Mitral regurgitation is a heart valve disorder caused by the improper closing of the mitral valve when the heart pumps out blood to the body.
Heart valves such as the mitral valve work like one-way gates, helping blood flow in one direction between heart chambers, or in and out of the heart. When the mitral valve is damaged — for example, by an infection — it may no longer close tightly. This lets blood leak backward, or regurgitate, into the upper chamber. Your heart has to work harder to pump this extra blood and becomes weakened and dilated over time.
Mitral Valve Repair
Surgical techniques for mitral valve repair provide durability and restore life expectancy with minimal risks.
Mitral Valve Replacement
Sometimes heart valves can’t be repaired and must be replaced. This procedure involves removing the faulty valve and replacing it with a mechanical (metal) or biological (tissue) valve.