Leaky Valve (mitral regurgitation)
A heart valve that doesn’t close all the way may cause blood to leak into another heart chamber. This leaky valve or regurgitation condition produces insufficient blood flow for the heart to work properly. As a result, the heart must pump harder. Regurgitation worsens over time and can cause heart failure or other cardiac problems.
Such blood flow leakage happens most often in the mitral valve, yet may occur in the heart’s aortic, pulmonary or tricuspid valves. Mitral regurgitation is the most common mitral valve dysfunction. It may result from a heart attack, disease or mitral valve prolapse, a structural problem.
Cardiovascular patients at Abington Memorial Hospital benefit from advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. Although replacing the leaky valve used to be the preferred therapy for severe mitral regurgitation, valve repair is now recommended and achieved through minimally invasive procedures.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating leaky valve or mitral regurgitation, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center and Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease.