Early Interventions May Be Best for Mitral Valve Disease Patients
A Cleveland Clinic study suggests that fewer symptoms and shorter hospital stays may result from more aggressive mitral valve repair.
Mitral valve disease is the most common problem affecting any of the heart’s four valves. Treatment of mitral valve disease, however, often begins with a long period of “watchful waiting.” The idea is that if the mitral valve disease isn’t yet compromising heart function and causing any noticeable symptoms, then regular tests and checkups are sufficient. When the condition worsens and an individual’s health is jeopardized, then a procedure to repair or replace the valve is done.