What is Mitral Regurgitation?

Mitral regurgitation is a condition in which your heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close properly, allowing leakage of blood backwards through the mitral valve.

Mitral valve regurgitation usually progresses slowly over time and patients with mild regurgitation may have no symptoms until complications occur. One of the earliest signs of mitral valve regurgitation is a heart murmur. Patients with severe mitral regurgitation may have symptoms which include shortness of breath, fatigue, lightheadedness, cough, heart palpitations and swollen feet or ankles.