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Question
Posted by: Andy | 2020/03/20

Q.

Mitral valve regurgitation = am i at risk in COVID-19?

Hello\I have mild-moderate mitral valve regurgitation. ). I am 53yo, my situation is stable I am otherwise healthy and fit. I read online that "Patients who have heart valve abnormalities that are well compensated and well-tolerated at baseline, are more susceptible to heart failure if they were to become infected with coronavirus. Because of the underlying heart valve issues, if damage to the pumping chamber of the heart were to occur, patients would be less able to tolerate that." Am I at greater risk of developing severe illness should I be infected? (Should I take greater than usual precautions so as not to get infected?) I would greatly appreciate any answer you could provide. Thank you so much!

Expert's Reply

A.

Flu expert
- 2020/03/27

Hi Andy

Yes, even though the mitral valve regurgitation is not symptomatic at the moment, any 'weak' spot in the body will become more severely affected if you were to contract the virus. So definitely take all the precaution that you can and stay home. Good luck and stay safe. 

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