It depends on the condition but usually we don’t recommend surgery unless we believe it has a good chance of improving your condition. In the case of mitral regurgitation, as an example, it often is progressive meaning that it gets worse over time. The symptoms of mitral valve regurgitation usually do worsen although often very slowly over time. The goal of mitral valve repair is to intervene early and stop this progression and even reverse some of the symptoms. The growing recognition that moderate to severe mitral valve regurgitation can lower life expectancy and lead to heart failure has led the cardiology community to recommend surgery earlier in the disease, even before symptoms are experienced in some cases.

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T. Sloane Guy, MD

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