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How does mitral valve regurgitation happen?

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The mitral valve is supposed to be a one-way passage. It has flaps that should close behind the surge of blood it sends to the left ventricle.

But sometimes the valve doesn’t seal properly. That allows blood to flow backward through it, returning to the left atrium.

When this happens, you have mitral valve regurgitation. You might hear a doctor sometimes call it “mitral valve insufficiency.”

From: What is Mitral Valve Regurgitation? WebMD Medical Reference

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News release, University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Mayo Clinic, Mitral Valve Regurgitation, “Overview,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatment.”

Northwestern Medicine, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute: “Mitral Valve Regurgitation, Stenosis, and Prolapse.”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Mitral Regurgitation.”

National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine.

Texas Heart Institute.

American Heart Association.

Heikkinen, J. , September 2005.  Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

SOURCES:

News release, University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Mayo Clinic, Mitral Valve Regurgitation, “Overview,” “Diagnosis,” “Treatment.”

Northwestern Medicine, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute: “Mitral Valve Regurgitation, Stenosis, and Prolapse.”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Mitral Regurgitation.”

National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine.

Texas Heart Institute.

American Heart Association.

Heikkinen, J. , September 2005.  Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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