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I assume that the diagnosis was mitral regurgitation (MR) due to prolapse of one of both mitral leaflets. Mitral valve normally allows only blood flow from left atrium (top heart chamber) to left ventricle (bottom heart chamber). Mitral valve prolapse occurs when one or both parts of the valve slips into the left atrium during systole (heart contraction). The significance of the prolapse depends on the degree of MR (=amount of blood that leaks back), severe MR may lead to heart failure, arrhythmias etc. In your case MR was probably judged not significant. It may remain so but in some people MR may deteriorate over the time and eventually require heart surgery with either mitral valve repair (preserving the valve) or replacement (with an artificial valve). The symptoms (breathlessness, tiredness etc) may appear relatively late in the course of the disease and it is therefore important to have mitral valve checked with echo in regular intervals as recommended.

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