Patients with functional (chronic) mitral regurgitation do not have problems until the left ventricle fails: the disease may remain silent for decades.
Subjects with very mild or moderate regurgitation, on the other hand, show no signs of the disease for their entire life, nor does it produce any consequences.
When, on the contrary, the mitral regurgitation is of the organic type (acute), the onset is quite quick and sudden and the repercussions on the patient’s health very serious.
In both forms of regurgitation it is essential to not underestimate the symptoms, even when minimal. The first recommendation remains that of turning to High Specialty Cardiology Centers capable of formulating precise diagnoses on the basis of the clinical evidence and in relation to the results of the instrumental tests performed: if the disease is not dealt with properly, there is the risk of developing significant cardiorespiratory failure.
It is necessary to see your doctor when the following symptoms appear and are persistent:
- Shortness of breath (dyspnoea), on exertion or at rest
- Feeling of tiredness
- Nighttime cough
- Palpitations (fast heart beats)
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Chest pain