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Is surgery an effective treatment option for mitral valve disease?

Surgery is an effective treatment option for mitral valve disease. Mitral valve diseases include mitral regurgitation (leaking) and mitral stenosis (narrowing), which may cause fatigue and shortness of breath. Once the leakage is severe, heart damage may result, thus mitral valve surgery is recommended. The preferred operation is mitral repair, whenever possible. If performed in a timely manner, the person’s heart function and life expectancy may return to normal.

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