In the heart, the mitral valve serves as a door that separates the atria and ventricle on the left side. A healthy valve will open and close in order to create proper pressure of blood flow. However, during mitral valve regurgitation, the valve doesn’t fully close or refuses to stay closed. This allows blood to flow backwards from the ventricle back into the atria.
At Corrielus Cardiology, we proudly treat mitral regurgitation, or mitral valve insufficiency. Our dedicated cardiovascular care center is focused on non-invasive treatments and integrative medicine in order to support overall wellness and optimal heart health. If you have mitral regurgitation, our Philadelphia practice is equipped to diagnose the severity of your condition and recommend an effective treatment plan if necessary.
Symptoms & Causes of Mitral Valve Regurgitation
It is common for mitral regurgitation symptoms to develop gradually over time. The presence of symptoms is related to the amount of backflow or leaking that exists. In more severe mitral regurgitation cases, patients may suffer from the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Palpitations or rapid heartbeat
- Leg swelling
- Heart failure
Mitral valve regurgitation can be attributed to various causes, including prolapse, infection, dilated heart, calcium on the valve or heart attack. Therefore, it is our goal to help patients identify an accurate cause of their heart condition so that a long-term treatment plan can be initiated.
Treatment of Mitral Regurgitation
By using an echocardiogram or other testing methods, Dr. Corrielus can view your heart valve and get a more precise estimate as to how much backflow is occurring. From there, he can determine if treatment is necessary. In cases when the valve is significantly malfunctioning, treatments can range from blood pressure medicines and diuretics to a surgical valve replacement. At Corrielus Cardiology, we go to great lengths to help our patients restore their heart health without having to undergo surgery. Our unique collaborative approach to heart health is what sets us apart as a leading cardiology practice in Philadelphia.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation for mitral valve regurgitation treatment at Corrielus Cardiology. We welcome patients from all walks of life.