mitral valve regurgitation (MR) develops slowly. And
most people go years without having any symptoms. Before symptoms start, your
condition may not be serious and you generally feel good. But even during this
time, MR is doing irreversible damage to your heart. Because of this ongoing
damage, your doctor may suggest surgery before you start having symptoms.
Although it may be difficult to think about surgery when you feel well, not
having surgery could lead to
You will begin to have
symptoms of chronic MR when your heart begins to weaken. A variety of medicines
are available to treat your symptoms as MR progresses and to prevent
If you or someone you love requires emergency heart treatment, it will help to know when to get to the emergency room and what to expect. It's also important to know how to be prepared in the event of a heart attack.