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    Mitral Valve Regurgitation - When to Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you or a person you are with has:

    Call a doctor immediately if you have:

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    • Symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs and feet.
    • Mitral valve regurgitation (MR) and are having symptoms of infection such as fever with no other obvious cause. Be alert for signs of infection if you have recently have had any dental, diagnostic, or surgical procedure.
    • Irregular heartbeats.
    • Fainting episodes.
    • Palpitations.
    • Shortness of breath.
    • A decreased ability to exercise at your usual level.
    • Excessive fatigue (without other explanation).

    If you are coughing up blood, call a doctor immediately.

    Watchful waiting

    Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. If you do not have symptoms of MR, your doctor will still want to see you for regular checkups. Your doctor will want to see you as soon as you have symptoms for the first time. If your doctor has talked with you about what to do if you have symptoms, follow your doctor's instructions. Contact your doctor if your symptoms get worse.

    Who to see

    Health professionals who can evaluate symptoms that may be related to mitral valve regurgitation include:

    They frequently can also order the tests needed for further evaluation of symptoms.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 08, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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