What To Eat And Not To Eat When You Have Mitral Valve Regurgitation?

One can manage the symptoms related to mitral valve regurgitation by simply include foods to eat and avoid foods not to eat in your daily diet plan.

What To Eat And Not To Eat When You Have Mitral Valve Regurgitation?

What To Eat And Not To Eat When You Have Mitral Valve Regurgitation?

Patients suffering from mitral valve regurgitation may easily manage their health condition or symptoms to prevent reaching them at the severity level by following a healthy diet plan. For this you should know-

Foods To Eat With Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Whole Grains

Whole Grains act as excellent fiber and nutrients’ sources and they play a significant role to regular your blood pressure and your cardiac health. You may easily increase the exact amount of whole grains to manage your regurgitation related symptoms by making a few simple and easy substitutions for refined grains.

Veggies And Fruits

Veggies and fruits contain minerals and vitamins in enough amounts, while are of low in calories but contain rich dietary fiber. Even these contain specific substances to prevent or manage symptoms related to cardiovascular problems, including mitral valve regurgitation. Hence, having fruits and veggies in higher amounts helps you a lot to cut your high calorie intake. The best thing is that you may easily feature fruits and veggies in your daily diet. For this, you have to keep veggies, wash them properly, cut and store in the refrigerator to have quick snacks. On the other side, you should place a bowl containing fruits in the kitchen, so that you will always remember to have them. Other than this, you should select recipes, which contain fruits and/or veggies as main ingredients to have at any time of the day or night.

Low Fat And Protein Rich Food Sources

Next, you have to include low fat and protein rich food sources in your daily diet to overcome your mitral valve regurgitation symptoms. Accordingly-

  • You should select fish, lean meat, poultry products, along with eggs and low-fat based dairy products as the best sources to have protein.
  • You should be careful while choosing low fat diet options, like go with skim milk instead of whole milk and opt for skinless chicken breasts instead of fried chicken.
  • Fish is an excellent alternative to various high-fat meat options and an interesting fact in this case is that most of the fishes incorporate a rich omega-3 fatty acid that lowers the fat contents present in your blood i.e. triglycerides. You may find omega-3 fatty acids in the highest amount in herring, mackerel, salmon and other cold-water fishes.
  • Along with this, you should never forget to include lentils, peas, fresh beans and other types of legumes in your daily diet, as each of them are good protein sources and incorporate relatively less fat. Furthermore, as legumes do not contain cholesterol, you may consider them as substitutes for red meat.

Foods To Avoid With Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Tea And Coffee

Both tea and coffee contains a common stimulant i.e. caffeine that triggers palpitation i.e. a common symptom associated with mitral valve regurgitation. Furthermore, tea contains a few additional stimulants i.e. L-theanine, theobromine and theophylline, the combination of which causes chest pain, palpitation and dizziness to make your condition worse.


Heart of a person relies on his/her inner pacemaker system that allows consistent pumping of the blood and that too at the appropriate speed. However, alcohol interferes with the mentioned procedure to cause irregular or rapid heartbeat. Hence, mitral valve regurgitation patients should strictly avoid alcohol intake, as it leads to arrhythmias and thereby, exacerbates symptoms.


Sugar and cocoa are the two primary ingredients present in chocolates. Cocoa possesses theobromine and theophylline stimulants in higher amounts in combination with caffeine in small traces. Besides this, when you have chocolate, it causes spike in your blood sugar levels and releases insulin. This causes sudden fluctuation/reduction in the blood glucose and thereby, irregular heartbeats augmented because of stimulants contained in a chocolate.

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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:June 12, 2019

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