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 heart failure.

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.

Common Symptoms

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 for complications.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, call us now at (818) 561-7426 to learn more!


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