Mitral Valve Regurgitation
Symptoms of chronic Reference mitral valve regurgitation Opens New Window (MR) may take decades to appear. With acute MR, symptoms come on suddenly, and you are critically ill.
Chronic mitral valve regurgitation
If you have mild-to-moderate chronic mitral valve regurgitation, you may never develop symptoms. If you have moderate-to-severe disease, you may not have symptoms for decades. Depending on the severity of your mitral valve regurgitation and condition of your heart, you may not develop symptoms of Reference heart failure Opens New Window for many years.
Symptoms appear as the Reference left ventricle Opens New Window expands to accommodate the larger amount of blood (volume overload) flowing into the chamber. The larger the left ventricle, the more advanced the MR. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath with exertion, which may later develop into shortness of breath at rest and at night.
- Fatigue and weakness.
- Fluid buildup in the legs and feet.
- Reference Heart palpitations Opens New Window, if Reference atrial fibrillation Opens New Window develops.
Acute mitral valve regurgitation
Acute mitral valve regurgitation is an emergency. Symptoms of acute mitral valve regurgitation appear suddenly. Most people who develop acute MR are already in the hospital or emergency room because of another heart problem. Symptoms include severe shortness of breath, fast heart rate, lightheadedness, weakness, confusion, and chest pain.
|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