Did you know that Mitral valve prolapse occurs in 2% of the population? The mitral valve controls blood flow in the left side of your heart and keeps blood from leaking backwards when the heart pumps. Traditionally, problems with the mitral valve were treated with valve replacement surgery. Now, many patients are candidates for mitral valve repair surgery, which offers many advantages. Mitral valve repair is heart surgery that can alleviate symptoms such as shortness of breath and palpitations due to valve disease. It can also prevent irreversible damage to the heart, which occurs when patients wait too long to seek treatment.Having mitral valve repair rather than replacement improves a person’s long-term survival rates by improving the performance of the heart, decreasing the risk for stroke and the need for medications. To find out if you are a candidate for mitral valve repair surgery, call (877) CENTEGRA.