Mitral valve regurgitation


If you are experiencing mitral valve problems, our HCA UK cardiology experts can help to diagnose and treat you

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About mitral valve regurgitation

Mitral regurgitation happens when your mitral valve doesn't close as it should. It may have become floppy (prolapse) or damaged. As a result, blood can flow backwards to your heart. For milder cases you may require no treatment, otherwise you might need medications. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to correct the valve.

Need to know

Early symptoms might include:

  • dizziness
  • tiredness / fatigue
  • breathlessness
  • chest pain

If left untreated, you may experience the following:

  • atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
  • pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels supporting the lungs)
  • heart failure (the heart is unable to pump enough blood around the body)

Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis. Tests we offer to diagnose include:

Your consultant will discuss your treatment options and help to determine the best approach for you.

These may include:

  • medications to control the symptoms
  • ongoing medication to ensure the regurgitation is not getting any worse
  • In some cases, surgical treatment (mitral valve repair or replacement) is needed. There are also some newer techniques emerging which involve the repair or replacement of the valve in the cardiac catheter lab.

Our locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Cardiac Clinic

The Cardiac Clinic

London Bridge Hospital SE1 2PR London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.