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Mitral Valve Regurgitation

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Definition

Mitral valve regurgitation means that one of the valves in your heart, the mitral valve, is letting blood leak backward into the heart.

Heart valves work like one-way gates, helping blood flow in one direction between heart chambers or in and out of the heart. The mitral valve is on the left side of your heart. It lets blood flow from the upper to lower heart chamber.

When the mitral valve is damaged, for example by an infection, it may no longer close tightly. This lets blood leak backward, or regurgitate, into the upper chamber. Your heart has to work harder to pump this extra blood.

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