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Will surgery cure mitral valve prolapse?
On rare occasions, worsening valve leakage or extreme prolapse may require surgery to repair the valve. Improvements in heart surgery in the past 10 years have shown less need for mitral valve replacement with an artificial valve.
Should I follow-up with my doctor after being treated for mitral valve prolapse?
A person with mitral valve prolapse should see a health-care professional for a follow-up exam every 2-3 years, including a clinical evaluation and possibly an ECHO test to assess whether blood leakage is worsening.
What is the outlook for a person with mitral valve prolapse?
Mitral valve prolapse is usually a harmless disorder that does not lead to a heart attack and does not prevent a person from having a normal, active life. The condition does trigger some possible complications, but overall risk for them is very low. These complications include the following:
What does mitral valve prolapse look like?
Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2016
Vibhuti N Singh, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI
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Michael E Zevitz, MD
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