Mitral Valve Regurgitation - Medications
Medicines do not prevent or correct the
damage to the heart caused by
mitral valve regurgitation (MR). For chronic regurgitation, they might be used to treat complications of mitral regurgitation. They might be used to help treat the heart problem that has caused secondary MR. In acute regurgitation, medicine is used as emergency treatment before surgery.
chronic MR, you may take medicine if you have symptoms and a low ejection fraction. You may take medicine to treat heart failure.
Medicine after surgery
Antibiotics. If you have an
artificial valve, you may need to take
antibiotics before you have certain
dental or surgical procedures. The antibiotics help
prevent an infection in your heart called
endocarditis. You will likely take antibiotics
after surgery to repair or replace a valve. If you
have had rheumatic fever, you may take antibiotics to avoid getting it again.
Blood thinners. Blood thinners prevent blood clots after surgery. Blood thinners include antiplatelet medicine, such as aspirin, or anticoagulant medicine, such as warfarin. If you have an artificial heart valve, you may need to take this medicine for the rest of your life.
In acute MR, medicines are used in the hospital to
stabilize your condition until you can have surgery to replace or repair the
Medicines are used to prevent or treat complications of mitral regurgitation such as atrial fibrillation or heart failure. For more information, see the topics: