Pregnancy and mitral valve regurgitation

Most of the time, pregnancy during mitral regurgitation (MR) can be managed safely as long you receive careful medical attention. On rare occasions, in order to make pregnancy safe, a woman may need to have valve surgery before she becomes pregnant. Specifically, you should have valve surgery before you conceive if you have ruptured chordae (chordae are structures that anchor your mitral valve) or if your MR is severe.

If you are considering pregnancy and you have MR, you should gather more advice from a multidisciplinary medical team who can provide more information about your individual risk factors and long-term outcome.

Mitral valve prolapse is the most common cause of mitral regurgitation in pregnant women.

Last Updated: February 12, 2010

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