Patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation who are otherwise healthy should have mitral valve repair surgery sooner rather than later, even if they feel no symptoms, a Mayo Clinic-led study by U.S. and European researchers found. The results challenge the long-held belief that it is safer to “watch and wait” until a patient has symptoms, such as shortness of breath. This is the largest study to show that patients who undergo surgery early after diagnosis have improved long-term survival and lower risk of heart failure.
- Earlier surgical correction of heart valve disorder associated with greater long-term survival, lower risk of heart failure risk (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Prompt Surgery May Be Best for Heart Valve Leak (webmd.com)
- Early surgery better than watchful waiting for patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation (eurekalert.org)