Mitral Regurgitation, Chronic
Alternate Names : MR
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Prompt treatment of any underlying heart disease may reduce the risk of mitral regurgitation. Sometimes, though, nothing can be done to prevent the condition.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Long-term effects depend on the severity of the regurgitation. In severe cases, heart failure occurs and surgery may be necessary. People with this condition have a higher risk of heart infections. They need to take antibiotics before surgery and dental procedures. People with severe heart failure and those with atrial fibrillation, a rapid irregular atrial rhythm, have a higher risk of blood clots. Blood clots can travel from the atrium to block the flow of blood to an organ. For example, a blood clot can travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolus.
What are the risks to others?
There are no risks to others.