Caring for the hearts of Central Texas Since 1971

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Caring for the Hearts of Central Texas Since 1971 (254) 399-5400

Mitral Regurgitation

The mitral valve controls blood flow between the left atrium and the left ventricle. The left atrium is the chamber where the blood returns from the lungs after being oxygenated. It is then pumped through the mitral valve to the left ventricle, which pumps blood to the body’s organs and tissues. The mitral valve has two flaps called leaflets. These leaflets are supported by thin cords similar to those that support parachutes, and prevent the valve from bulging in the opposite direction when the ventricle contracts. When the atrium contracts, the mitral valve opens to allow blood to flow to the ventricle. When the ventricle contracts, the mitral valve closes to prevent blood from flowing backwards into the atrium. When the mitral valve leaks do to not closing properly it is called mitral regurgitation.  A mild amount of mitral regurgitation is usually tolerable within normal physiological limits.  When the mitral regurgitation becomes moderate to severe is when concern is raised. Mitral regurgitation is a condition where the valve between the heart’s two left chambers doesn’t close all the way, and allows some blood to flow backward. If it becomes significant, mitral regurgitation causes the heart to work harder and can lead to heart failure.

Our Central Texas Locations

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Waco Cardiology Associates
7125 New Sanger Avenue, Ste. A
Waco, TX 76712
Clifton Medical Clinic
201 Posey Ave
Clifton, Texas 76634
Coryell Specialty Clinic
1507 W Main St.
Gatesville, Texas 76528
Family Practice Rural Health Clinic
303 North Brown
Hamilton, Texas 76531
Hill Regional Hospital
1323 East Franklin Street, Suite 103
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
Parkview Rural Health Clinic
514 S. Bonham, Suite B
Mexia, Texas 76667
Lake Whitney Physicians Clinic
202 East Jefferson
Whitney, Texas 76692
Limestone Family Medicine Center
701 McClintic Drive
Groesbeck, Texas 76642