What Is Mitral Valve Regurgitation?

In a normal heart, the valves are like doorways that open and close, allowing blood to circulate and preventing blood from flowing backwards. Mitral valve regurgitation occurs when the mitral valves don't close properly and blood leaks back into the atrium. This leakage decreases the amount of oxygen rich blood flowing through the heart, increasing blood volume and pressure in the heart and veins. Mitral valve regurgitation can lead to fluid build up in the lungs and, in more severe cases, heart failure.

What are the Symptoms of Mitral Valve Regurgitation?

If you have mild mitral valve regurgitation, you may not experience any symptoms until your condition worsens. You could experience any or all of the following:

  • Heart palpitations, especially when lying on your left side
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Swelling of hands and feet

Treatment at Penn

Penn surgeons have performed thousands of mitral valve repair procedures - more than any other hospital in Pennsylvania. Our experience translates to better outcomes for you. Penn is leading the way for new options for heart valve repair and replacement – offering the most advanced, minimally invasive approaches to mitral valve repair.

Penn Medicine is a leading center for the most challenging heart valve cases, offering a variety of approaches not commonly available at other medical centers.

Penn Programs & Services for Mitral Valve Regurgitation

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Heart Valve Disease Program

Performing more valve surgeries than any other hospital in Pennsylvania


Dante's Story

Mitral valve regurgitation

When Dante was diagnosed with a leaky mitral valve, he knew he wanted the best surgeon around to repair it.

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