Mitral Valve Regurgitation
What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors for Reference mitral valve regurgitation Opens New Window (MR) include:
- Age. Wear and tear of the mitral valve occurs over time. This increases the likelihood of blood leaking back into the atrium.
- Having Reference mitral valve prolapse Opens New Window.
- Having had Reference rheumatic fever, because it can cause scarring on the valve. This can result in incomplete closure.
- Reference Coronary artery disease Opens New Window (CAD). CAD may cause ischemia (reduced blood flow) or infarction (heart attack), which affects the valve's structure. This can lead to incomplete closure.
- Less commonly, Reference diabetes Opens New Window and Reference Marfan's syndrome Opens New Window, because they may lead to hardening of the valve.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology