Features February 2018 Issue

Mitral Valve Repair Considered Better than Valve Replacement

A leaky mitral valve may be first detected by your doctor. Left untreated, a badly leaking valve can leave you feeling tired, weak or short of breath.

Mitral Valve Repair Considered Better than Valve Replacement

However, the difficult technique requires special surgical expertise.

If you have a leaky mitral valve due to degenerative mitral valve (DMV) disease, there’s a good chance it can be repaired. Afterwards, you won’t need blood thinners, and the valve will be less prone to infection than a replaced valve.

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