Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement
Los Angeles Surgeons Treating Valve Regurgitation
Mitral valve regurgitation (MVR) is the most common type of heart valve
disorder. It occurs when the mitral valve on the left side of the heart
does not properly close. When this happens, blood leaks backward through
the valve, reducing the amount of blood flow to the rest of the body,
causing the heart to pump harder, and putting you at risk of congestive
MVR may occur suddenly, often after a heart attack, and if it does not
go away, it can become a long-term problem that requires medical treatment.
Those with one or more of the following are at a higher risk for MVR:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Untreated syphilis
- Marfan syndrome
- Rheumatic heart disease
- Heart valve infections
- Swelling in the lower left heart chamber
Our skilled Los Angeles cardiovascular surgeons at the office of Azmi Atiya
MD have the experience to treat this serious condition. Call us today
at (818) 561-7426if you would like to schedule an appointment or consultation
with our team.
While most individuals with MVR often do not experience symptoms, some
do. These symptoms usually develop gradually, and can include cough, fatigue,
light-headedness, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat or palpitations, shortness
of breath, and excessive urination. If you are experiencing any of these
symptoms, it is very important to immediately see your health care provider
for a physical exam and testing.
Is Surgery Right for Me?
If the heart function is poor, the heart becomes significantly enlarged,
or symptoms worsen, a patient with MVR may require the valve to be repaired
or replaced by a cardiovascular surgeon. Our Los Angeles surgical team,
led by Dr. Azmi Atiya MD, is highly-experienced in this procedure. We
are here to help patients with MVR enjoy a better quality of life. Valve
repair or replacement often provides terrific outcomes with mild risks
If you are in the Los Angeles area,
call us now at (818) 561-7426 to learn more!