Features March 2014 Issue

Treadmill Test May Help Predict Mitral Valve Complications

A simple stress test may help doctors determine the likely outcomes for individuals with mitral valve regurgitation.

Mitral valve regurgitation is a common heart problem, and one that is often treated successfully with surgery. It occurs when the valve that separates the upper left chamber of the heart (atrium) from the lower left chamber of the heart (ventricle) wonít close properly. Blood thatís supposed to fill up the left ventricle before it is pumped throughout the body then leaks back up into the left atrium.

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