Did you know that the most common type of heart valve disorder is mitral regurgitation, sometimes called a “leaky valve”? This happens when the valve between the upper and lower chambers on the left side of the heart do not close properly, which can cause a decrease in blood flow to the rest of the body.
One cause of mitral regurgitation can be mitral valve prolapse, which may affect people without always causing symptoms. This condition may also be hereditary and is sometimes handed down through families.
Join Emory Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery Douglas Murphy, MD, and Asst. Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Michael Halkos, MD, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, for an online web chat to discuss mitral valve disease. They will be available to answer questions such as:
- What is mitral valve prolapse and regurgitation?
- Do they always require treatment?
- If so, what are my options?