Mitral Valve Regurgitation - What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors for
mitral valve regurgitation (MR) include:
- Age. Wear and tear of the mitral valve occurs
over time, increasing the likelihood of blood leaking back into the
mitral valve prolapse.
- Having had
rheumatic fever, because it can cause scarring on the
valve, resulting in incomplete closure.
- Coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD may cause ischemia (reduced blood flow) or infarction
(heart attack), which affects the valve's structure, leading to incomplete
- Less commonly,
Marfan's syndrome, because they may lead to hardening
of the valve.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 12, 2010
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