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Is now a good time to have my mitral valve repaired?
I have a long history of mitral valve prolapse with regurgitation. My last echo (3/2013) revealed that the regurgitation is now severe (was moderate to severe last year) and my left ventricle is mildly dilated (was normal last year). I am currently asymptomatic. My cardiologist suggested it would be a good time to have my valve repaired. After the TEE, he said that we can actually wait for 3-5 years, unless I became symptomatic. I know you don’t have all the facts, but generally, should I seek a second opinion or not be concerned? I would rather the valve be repaired before it is too far gone and it needs to be replaced. Thank you!
submitted by Liz from Tomball, Texas on 4/3/2013
by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, David A. Ott, MD
In general the valve should be repaired before the ventricle becomes too dilated. If you have not already had a transesophageal echo, you should have one done. If desired, you could send a DVD of your study to the Texas Heart Institute for review and a second opinion. [Contact our Heart Information Center for a referral.]
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Updated April 2013