What Is Mitral Valve Regurgitation?

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Chronic mitral regurgitation is a long-term disorder in which the heart's mitral valve does not close properly, causing blood to flow backward (leak) into the upper heart chamber when the left lower heart chamber contracts. The condition is progressive, which means it gradually gets worse.

See also: Acute mitral regurgitation


Alternative Names

Chronic mitral valve regurgitation; Mitral valve insufficiency


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

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