How long can you live with severe mitral regurgitation?

How long can you live with severe mitral regurgitation?

The worrisome natural history of severe mitral regurgitation Widely disparate estimates of long term survival in patients with mitral regurgitation—between 97–27% at five years—have been reported.

Can you live with severe mitral valve regurgitation?

It is a progressive condition and, if left untreated, severe regurgitation may lead to worsening heart failure and death. No medical treatment has been shown to improve survival, but on the basis of non-randomized studies mitral valve repair appears to have the unique potential to restore normal life expectancy.

What is considered severe mitral regurgitation?

In moderate mitral regurgitation around 30% of the blood in the heart is leaking backwards. In severe mitral regurgitation about 50% of blood in the heart is leaking backward. In torrential mitral regurgitation the majority of the blood is going backwards, this happens in conditions such as flail leaflet.

Can severe mitral regurgitation go away?

Mitral regurgitation may begin suddenly. This often occurs after a heart attack. When the regurgitation does not go away, it becomes long-term (chronic). Many other diseases or problems can weaken or damage the valve or the heart tissue around the valve.

Does mitral valve regurgitation shorten your life?

With a leaky valve, sometimes not enough blood gets pumped to the rest of the body. Heart valve leakage/regurgitation can force the heart to work harder to do its job. The condition can lead to heart failure, sudden cardiac arrest, and death.

What happens if the mitral valve doesn’t close properly?

If a valve doesn’t open or close properly, blood flow through the heart to the body can be reduced. In mitral valve regurgitation, the flaps don’t close tightly. Blood flows backward when the valve is closed, making it harder for the heart to work properly.

Is mitral regurgitation serious?

When it’s mild, mitral valve regurgitation usually does not cause any problems. However, severe mitral valve regurgitation can lead to complications, including: Heart failure. Heart failure results when your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs.

Should I worry about mild mitral regurgitation?

If the mitral valve regurgitation is mild, you may need no treatment at all. Your doctor may want to check your heart regularly to make sure the problem does not worsen. Also, you may need to take antibiotics before any medical or dental procedure.

What are the most common Mitral valve repair complications?


  • Bleeding
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Valve replacement failure
  • Loss of life.
  • What is the recovery period after mitral valve repair?

    The normal recovery period for mitral valve surgery is 4 to 8 weeks but it can change according to the type of procedure and development of complications. Until 6 weeks you need rest and you should not lift any heavy object or do activities that can strain your heart.