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Mitral valve insufficiency (regurgitation or MR) is common, and by and large a fairly benign condition. It is a common 'incidental finding' in a transthoracic echocardiogram that may have been ordered because of some other concern like an abnormal ECG (EKG). Unless the degree of "leaking" is at least of a moderate degree and has persisted for many years, it is rarely of concern to most cardiologists. Never-the-less, it is a significant finding and any condition that may worsen the degree of MR should be addressed. Unchecked MR can cause significant compromise to the pumping function of the heart, especially the left ventricle. Further complications of long-standing and severe MR are TIA and pulmonary hypertension.