Mitral regurgitation, also called mitral insufficiency, is a condition that occurs when the leaflets of the mitral valve do not close completely, letting blood leak backward through the valve.
What information will you need?
It will be helpful for you to have
- Echocardiogram (echo)
- Ejection fraction
But these aren't necessary.
Is surgery recommended for your mitral valve regurgitation? The tool asks you several simple questions, considers your answers, and tells you whether you may be a candidate for surgery.
If you do not have this information available it is not possible to complete the heart risk calculator.
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and blood pressure. This information will help more accurate calculation of your heart risk.
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This assessment should take no more than 3 minutes to complete
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE
Is your mitral valve leak severe (serious)?
Do you have any of these symptoms? Shortness of breath, fatigue, decreased ability to exercise or perform activities, loss of energy, swelling of legs
Results of your echocardiogram state:
Is your heart function ejection fraction (EF) normal?
- Yes - My EF is greater than .60 or 60% and/or my doctor said it was normal
- No - My EF is less than .60 or 60% and/or my doctor said it was not normal (or reduced)
Is your heart enlarged?
- Yes - Echo results state: Left ventricle end systolic diameter (LVESD) is greater than 40 mm
- No - Echo results state: Left ventricle end systolic diameter is normal or less than or equal to 40 mm
Do you have atrial fibrillation?
Do you have pulmonary hypertension?
Based on ACC/AHA guidelines and your answers, you may be a candidate for surgery. Diagnostic tests, age, lifestyle, and structure of your heart help you and your doctor decide what heart valve surgery procedure is best for you.
Not Enough Information
Because you were unable to answer important questions, there is not enough information to determine if valve surgery is required at this time. See your doctor if you begin to have symptoms, or symptoms become more frequent or severe.
Surgery Not Recommended
Based on your information, Mitral valve surgery is not warranted at this time. Mitral valve leaks may or may not worsen over the long term. Your heart valve condition needs to be monitored. You should have follow-up visits with your physician at least once a year. During this visit, the doctor will listen to your heart, discuss any symptoms and perform an echocardiogram. An echocardiogram - also called "echo" - is a type of ultrasound. It is simple and painless and tells us if your mitral valve leak is getting worse.