Does Mitral Valve Regurgitation Cause Pain?

Does Mitral Valve Regurgitation Cause Pain?

Mitral valve regurgitation might sometimes cause chest pain. However, the chest pain if takes place for a limited period, it never increases your risks to any other cardiac problem. In contrast, if your chest pain continues for years ahead, you should consult with your doctor and discuss about suitable treatment procedures, lifestyle changes and home remedies.

Does Mitral Valve Regurgitation Cause Pain?

A majority of people suffering from chronic type of mitral valve regurgitation do not notice any symptom for a long time. On the other side, if we talk about individuals with moderate or mild type of mitral regurgitation, they do not experience any symptom. However, when the regurgitation problem reaches to severity level, symptoms start. Even the symptoms may be strong and may take place frequently with time. Key symptoms thus include-

  • Mild to severe pain in the chest
  • Breathing shortness while lying flat and with exertion
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Reduction in your ability to involve in physical exercises
  • Palpitations
  • Unpleasant heartbeat awareness
  • Swelling in veins, abdomen and legs, along with the neck

Along with chest pain and breathing shortness, if any patient has mitral valve regurgitation in its severe or acute form, he or she experiences serious symptoms and thereby, requires medical emergency, which include-

  • Rapid breathing, unconsciousness, pale skin, along with other symptoms related to shock
  • Severe form of breathing shortness
  • Abnormal heart rhythms, because of which your heart fails to pump in an effective way

Relationship Between Chest Pain And Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Before you should understand the relationship between mitral valve regurgitation and chest pain, it is essential for you to understand about mitral valve regurgitation in a well manner.

Mitral valve regurgitation indicates a condition when the valve becomes leaky. We know that mitral valve is one among the four different valves of a human heart. These valves allow the flow of blood from four different heart chambers out to your body. Mitral valve remains present between one’s left ventricle and left atrium. In regular cases, mitral valve avoids backward flow of the blood within the left atrium from one’s left ventricle.

However, if an individual suffers from mitral valve regurgitation, a few amount of blood leaks in the backward direction from the valve and thereby, fails to flow in the forward direction within the ventricle, as takes place in regular condition. Accordingly, your heart has to work very hard to get the blood out towards other parts of your body. In case your regurgitation becomes worse, blood starts to move backward within the lungs.

As discussed before, chest pain is one of the common symptoms associated with mitral valve regurgitation and mitral valve prolapse. Even though the pain may force you to bother a bit or sometimes, it may be frightening one, it never increases your risks related to cardiac problems, heart attack or your death.

However, as we know that mitral valve prolapsed is a major cause related to mitral regurgitation, if you experience chest pain, you should immediately consult with your doctor for treatment and valuable recommendations. Reason for this is that both mitral valve regurgitation and its common symptom i.e., chest pain if continue for years, may cause weakness of your heart muscles leading to congestive heart failure.

Mitral valve regurgitation indicates mitral incompetence or insufficiency and it is a health condition, where the mitral valve of one’s heart fails to close tightly to allow backward flow of the blood in the heart. In case the problem becomes severe, blood fails to pass through the heart or any other body part in an efficient way and thereby, make you to feel out of your breath or tired for the whole day. Mitral valve regurgitation often takes place due to mitral valve prolapse and many experts call it mitral insufficiency.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 15, 2019

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