The kids are grown, now what?: Mitral Valve Repair

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mitral Valve Repair


When I was a little girl I would go to the doctor and sometimes he would hear a faint clicking when he would listen to my heart. That clicking wasn't always there. It turns out that the clicking is a heart murmur and the mitral valve makes that noise because it is not opening and closing correctly. Shortly after my 30th birthday I found out that I have a condition called mitral valve prolapse.

Mitral Valve prolapse occurs when the valve doesn't close properly and actually bulges up into the atrium causing mitral valve regurgitation. This means that a little bit of blood is pumping back into the atrium instead of into the ventricle to become oxygenated.

Most cases of mitral valve prolapse never need repair. The condition is not life threatening. I am one of those people who will eventually need to have a mitral valve repair. There are a couple of ways to do this. Often the surgeon is able to place a support around the mitral valve which pulls it into the proper position. Sometimes the mitral valve will have to be replaced. This can be done with valves that are made from animal tissues. There are also mechanical valves that are made from metal. Mechanical valves can last a lifetime but the patient needs to be on blood thinners. Animal valves do not require the use of blood thinners. This is something you will want to discuss with your surgeon.

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