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Mitral Valve Repair

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about mitral valve repair (MVR)?

MVR is surgery to fix a damaged or diseased mitral valve. The mitral valve normally opens and closes to let blood pass through the heart. If your mitral valve is damaged, blood may not flow as it should through your heart.

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How do I prepare for MVR?

What will happen during MVR?

What should I expect after MVR?

What are the risks of MVR?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. Your repaired valve may stop working. The leaflets (flaps) of the valve may not move as they should. You may need more surgery to fix or replace the valve or leaflets. Your symptoms may return, even after surgery. You may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. You may develop a blood clot or irregular heartbeat. These can be life-threatening.

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