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By Adam Pick

“Even Though I’m Already Diagnosed With Mitral Regurgitation, Is It Possible I Will Never Need Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Debby

By Adam Pick on May 9, 2011

While at the Mitral Conclave, I was fortunate to meet with Dr. Kevin Accola, a leading mitral valve surgeon from Orlando, Florida. During our discussion, I asked Dr. Accola a question submitted by Debby about mitral valve repair. (Click here to learn about mitral valve repair operations.)

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“Will I Need A Mitral Valve Repair Or A Mitral Valve Replacement?” Asks Barbara

By Adam Pick on April 7, 2011

A common consideration among patients preparing for valvular treatment is whether or not they will get a heart valve repair or a heart valve replacement.

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“Should Asymptomatic Patients With Moderate-to-Severe Mitral Regurgitation Have Surgery?” With Dr. David Adams

By Adam Pick on March 15, 2011

Recently, I received a great question from John Myers about asymptomatic patients with mitral regurgitation. John wrote to me, “Hi Adam, I’m 76 and in good shape. In 1999, I was  diagnosed with moderate-to-severe regurgitation even though I have NO physical symptoms. I’ve read that some surgeons believe having mitral valve repair sooner than later is preferable. Should I be worried? Should I get a second opinion? Thanks, John”

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“How Much Does A Heart Valve Echocardiogram Cost?” Asks Ken

By Adam Pick on March 1, 2011

Ken just sent me a financial question about the cost of an echocardiogram. He writes, “Adam – A few years back, I was diagnosed with moderate mitral valve regurgitation. Since then, I lost my job and my health insurance. Lately, I’ve experienced shortness of breath and fatigue. Do you know how much a heart valve echocardiogram costs? I’m nervous and curious to see if my mitral valve prolapse has gotten worse? Thanks, Ken”

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What Does Heart Valve Disease Sound Like?

By Adam Pick on February 21, 2010

One of the primary exams used to detect heart valve disease involves the stethoscope.

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Mitral Valve Prolapse And Panic Attacks?

By Adam Pick on May 31, 2009

Janice has a question about mitral valve prolapse and panic attacks.

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Jenny Garth Reveals Leaky Heart Valve Diagnosis

By Adam Pick on May 27, 2009

It seems like 2009 could be “The Year Of The Celebrity Heart Valve Patient”.

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Mitral Regurgitation Forces Malaysian Sultan Into Heart Valve Repair Surgery

By Adam Pick on May 4, 2009

The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, is in stable condition after a 10-hour open-heart surgery on Saturday at the Stanford University Medical Centre in Palo Alto, California.

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“Mitral Valve Prolapse Diagram… Do You Have One?” Asks Tanya

By Adam Pick on February 20, 2009

I could be wrong but I think the cliche goes something like, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” While I’m not a fan of cliches, I am a fan of this one – especially when it comes to understanding heart valve surgery.

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Does Mitral Valve Prolapse Impact Men And Women Differently?

By Adam Pick on December 4, 2008

I was just reading the Annals of Internal Medicine when I came across an interesting article about mitral valve prolapse and its impact upon men and women. The summary (below) is from a report titled “Sex Differences in Morphology and Outcomes of Mitral Valve Prolapse”.

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Mitral Leaflet Anatomy, Problems & Pictures

By Adam Pick on October 5, 2008

I just received an email from Barbara regarding heart valve anatomy, specifically her mitral leaflets.

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“Mitral Valve Prolapse, Anxiety And Chestpain?” asks Cindy

By Adam Pick on September 27, 2008

As we have previously discussed, there are a number of symptoms related to mitral valve prolapse. However, Cindy just wrote me an interesting email about whether-or-not anxiety is a symptom of MVP.

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“What Is The Mitral Valve Annulus?” Asks Dana

By Adam Pick on September 2, 2008

Some patients want to know EVERYTHING before their operation – the valve anatomy, the surgical process, the recovery details. Other patients want to know absolutely NOTHING about their upcoming surgery. Many say to me, “Honestly Adam, I don’t want to know a thing. The more I know, the more I will worry.”

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“Is Mitral Valve Prolapse Fatal?” Asks Herbert

By Adam Pick on August 29, 2008

Herbert, from the Philippines, just emailed me about his recent diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse. As you can read below, Herbert is questioning whether or not mitral valve prolapse is fatal.

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“Does Anyone Have Migraine Headaches & Mitral Valve Prolapse?” Asks Brenda

By Adam Pick on August 18, 2008

Brenda just emailed me an interesting question about mitral valve prolapse and headaches. She writes, “Adam – I was diagnosed with prolapsed mitral valve over ten years ago. However, I have been completely asymptomatic since then. Recently, I have had really bad headaches… They might even be migraine headaches. Do you know if that is a symptom of mitral valve prolapse?”

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Heart Valve Flaps – What Are They? How Do They Work?

By Adam Pick on August 5, 2008

I just received a question from Laura which asks, “My mom was recently diagnosed with a mitral valve regurgitation problem. During her discussion with the cardiologist, he said that her valve flaps were not closing tightly and causing a leak. What exactly does this mean?”

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Is There A Way To Naturally Reduce Mitral Valve Regurgitation?

By Adam Pick on August 2, 2008

One of the most popular forms of heart valve disease is mitral valve regurgitation. In fact, reports suggest that the mitral valve is the most commonly operated on heart valve.

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