Mitral valve regurgitation is a condition where there is a backflow of blood due to the mitral valve not closing properly. Consequently, blood is unable to move through the patient’s heart and to the rest of the body as efficiently. This often results in the patient feeling fatigued or short of breath. Mitral valve regurgitation is often a result from mitral valve prolapse.
Mitral valve regurgitation is diagnosed with the help of a physical exam, and diagnostic tests such as an echocardiogram, cardiac catheterisation/coronary angiogram and electrocardiogram (ECG). Your doctor will listen to your heart with a stethoscope for unusual sounds or a heart murmur before recommending these tests.
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