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How Does Mitral Valve Repair Fail in Patients With Prolapse?—Insights From Longitudinal Echocardiographic Follow-Up
This single institution study explored the frequency and time course of failure of mitral valve repair for MR caused by prolapse using longitudinal echocardiography. Recurrent MR developed in 49 (5.7%) patients at a mean of 3.1 years; 6 had prolapse and 43 did not. Severe MS occurred in 3. Reoperation was performed in 21 patients, and was most commonly valve replacement.