What is the treatment of mitral regurgitation?
As with aortic stenosis, there are no medications that can slow the progression of mitral regurgitation. If mitral regurgitation is found in its mild or moderate form, your cardiologist will perform routine echocardiograms to evaluate for its progression, particularly if you have worsening symptoms. If you develop severe mitral regurgitation, a mainstay of treatment is open heart surgery. In many cases, the valve can be repaired, but in some cases it needs to be replaced. He should discuss which option is best with your cardiac surgeon. Also, in some cases, the surgery can be performed with minimally invasive techniques. There are emerging nonsurgical options for mitral regurgitation, including the MitraClip In this procedure, which is spared only for those who are not candidates for cardiac surgery, a clip is placed in the center of the valve to reduce the amount of regurgitation. This is done through the large vein in the groin.