It depends on your condition. In the case of mitral valve regurgitation, avoiding salt and maintaining a normal blood pressure may be helpful. However, a leaky mitral valve is a physical, structural problem and medicines and lifestyle changes may have limited impact on the progression of the disease. That being said, eating healthy and maintaining a good exercise regimen are important for many reasons.

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