Left Ventricular Function and Surgical Treatment of Mitral Regurgitation

  • M. E. Rothlin
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (volume 21)


J. N. Corvisart in 1808 was the first to recognize mitral regurgitation in a 39 year-old man with an apical systolic murmur, who died subsequently of cardiac failure. An autopsy rupture of the chordae to the mitral valve leaflet was found. At the beginning of this century Sir Thomas Lewis tended to attribute cardiac failure more to myocardial disease and dyfunction than the mechanical effects of mitral regurgitation. Also the latter view is correct in a large number of patients presenting with an apical murmur in ischemic or hypertensive heart disease. The present discussion deals with the dysfunction of the mitral valve causing left ventricular failure.


Mitral Valve Mitral Regurgitation Infective Endocarditis Mitral Valve Replacement Rheumatic Heart Disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. E. Rothlin
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  1. 1.Departments of Medicine and SurgeryUniversity HospitalZürichSwitzerland

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