Tag: Leaky Valve

Mitral Regurgitation: A “Leaky Valve”

Mitral Regurgitation: A “Leaky Valve”

We turn this week to another valvular problem: mitral regurgitation.  Unlike aortic stenosis, where the valve doesn’t open all the way, with mitral regurgitation (often abbreviated “MR”) the mitral valve (sitting between the left atrium and left ventricle) doesn’t close all the way, allowing blood to regurgitate backward.  Physicians usually describe this condition to their patients as having a “leaky…

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