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Why do researchers think that mitral valve disease may be undertreated?

Researchers think that mitral valve disease may be undertreated due to the slower progression of signs and symptoms of mitral compared to aortic disease, as well as potential lack of adherence to guidelines for intervention. Researchers studying trends in mitral valve perations revealed that while the prevalence of mitral valve disease and the number of mitral valve operations performed per year are increasing, overall aortic valve operations were performed 1.6 times more commonly than mitral valve operations during the study period.

So although contemporary outcomes are excellent, there remains an important and substantial opportunity to improve results for people with mitral valve disease by following established guidelines and encouraging earlier referral for operation.

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