Our heart is such a beautiful organ that serves many functions. To keep our other organs functioning well, the heart continually pumps blood throughout our body. Our blood flows from the lungs to enter the left atrium. It will then flow into the final pumping chamber, the left ventricle. In between these two chambers is the mitral valve, which primarily functions to ensure that the blood keeps moving forward through the heart.
A mitral valve replacement may become necessary if it cannot carry out its function. You will need to undergo surgery if mitral valve:
• cannot completely close, allowing blood leakage to the left atria
• cannot fully open, causing restricted blood flow to the heart
Mitral valve replacement is often done as an open heart surgery, although minimally invasive procedures may also be employed.
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