Mitral regurgitation, which is also known as mitral insufficiency, is a common heart valve disorder. Mitral valve regurgitation is present when the valve does not close properly causing blood to leak back into the atrium. Treatment of mitral valve regurgitation depends on how severe your condition is, whether it's getting worse and signs and symptoms.
For mild cases, treatment may not be necessary. You may need mitral valve heart surgery for more severe cases. Left untreated severe mitral valve regurgitation can cause heart failure or serious heart rhythm problems.
Surgery is curative of mitral valve regurgitation. There are two surgical options: mitral valve replacement and mitral valve repair. Mitral valve repair is the best option for nearly all patients with a leaking mitral valve. Compared to valve replacement mitral valve repair provides better long-term survival better preservation of heart function lower risk of complications and usually eliminates the need for long-term use of blood thinners (anticoagulants). For these reasons, we are committed to mitral valve repair, whenever possible.