For any heart condition, see your doctor regularly so he or she can monitor you and possibly catch mitral valve regurgitation in its early stages, when it's more easily treatable. Also, be aware of conditions that contribute to developing mitral valve regurgitation, including:

  • Rheumatic fever. If you have a severe sore throat, see a doctor. Untreated strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever. Fortunately, strep throat is easily treated with antibiotics.
  • High blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly. Make sure it's well-controlled because high blood pressure contributes to heart disease.
  • Mitral valve prolapse. If you have this or another condition that affects your heart valves, see your doctor regularly. Seek urgent medical care if you develop a fever or symptoms of an infection of your heart lining (endocarditis).
  • Heart attack. To reduce your risk of heart attack, don't smoke, exercise regularly, manage your blood pressure and cholesterol, and eat a heart-healthy diet.
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