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The superiority of mitral valve repair over replacement in patients with degenerative mitral valve disease is now widely held to be true. It would be surprising to see a single hand raised in a medical audience today if you asked, “Who would prefer to have his or her own valve replaced instead of repaired?” Intuitively it is attractive to keep the parts you were born with. Other potential advantages including better preservation of left ventricular function, avoidance of long-term anticoagulation (mechanical valves) or reoperation (bioprosthetic valves), and improved survival all favor mitral valve repair as the gold standard.

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