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If you suffer from shortness of breath, difficulty climbing the stairs and a fast heart rate, you might be suffering from mitral regurgitation. In other words, a disease of the mitral valve, one of the heart valves. We call this a 'leaky mitral valve'.

The symptoms of a leaking mitral heart valve

The symptoms of a leaking mitral heart valve depend on how far the disorder has progressed. In many cases, a leaking mitral heart valve causes only slight or no symptoms at all. In the case of severe mitral insufficiency consider the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath, particularly after exertion or when lying down
  • A feeling of weakness and fatigue, mainly with increased activity (e.g. climbing stairs)
  • Reduced appetite
  • Drowsiness
  • Brief loss of consciousness, your vision sometimes “goes black”
  • Irritating cough, which becomes worse when lying down
  • Heart palpitations, sensation of a rapid, fluttering heartbeat
  • Fluid retention, swollen feet and ankles
  • Having to urinate often at night

Do you suffer from one or more of the above symptoms? Test yourself in order to better understand your symptoms.

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