High blood pressure boosts risk of common heart valve disorder

Elevated blood pressure is a risk factor for mitral regurgitation, a leakage of one of the heart valves, according to a paper published this week in PLOS Medicine by Kazem Rahimi of The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford, UK and colleagues. The research suggests that this valve disorder, which is increasingly diagnosed wordwide, particularly among older people, is not an inevitable consequence of ageing, as previously assumed, but may be preventable. In mitral regurgitation, the valve between the two chambers on the left side of the heart doesn't close tightly, allowing blood to leak backwards...

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