Mitral Valve Disease

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Of all the heart valves, the mitral valve is the most commonly repaired. An operation on the mitral valve is usually required because it is leaking (regurgitation), does not fully open (stenosis), there is prolapse that cannot be treated with medicine, or there is an infection (endocarditis).

Research shows that mitral valve repair is preferable to replacement for patients with a leaking valve and many with narrowed valves. If mitral valve cannot be repaired, replacement may be an option. However, our team is dedicated to finding a way to salvage your valve, restore its function and protect your heart.

Meet our Mitral Valve Disease Team

Click on the following links to learn more about the different ways that we treat mitral valve disease:

Patient Success Story

Kathryn Kingsley, a former smoker, thought her shortness of breath was due to COPD. After visiting a cardiologist, she was told that it was actually a leaking mitral valve. Watch this video to hear about her experience at the University of Maryland.

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Mitral Valve FAQs

What is the mitral valve? What symptoms would show if I have mitral valve disease? See answers to these questions and others on our mitral valve FAQs page.

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