Heart Disease: Mitral Valve Regurgitation and Mitral Valve Replacement : Symptoms

Definition
Blood that flows between different chambers of your heart must flow through a valve. This valve is called the mitral valve. It opens up enough so blood can flow from one chamber of your heart (left atria) to the next chamber (left ventricle). It then closes, keeping blood from flowing backwards.

Symptoms
Most often patients with mitral regurgitation are asymptomatic, but symptoms gradually develop.

Some of the symptoms are :

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue,
  • Palpitations
  • Breathing difficulty when lying down (called Orthopnea).

During clinical examination, a physician will be able to identify signs of pulmonary edema and heart failure. On auscultation, a holosystolic murmur suggests mitral regurgitation.

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