Mitral regurgitation - am I at risk with COVID-19?

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I have mild-moderate mitral regurgitation. I am 53yo, the situation is non-rheumatic, stable (due to a slender valve shape), my situation is stable I am otherwise healthy and fit.

I read online that "Patients who have heart valve abnormalities that are well compensated and well-tolerated at baseline, are more susceptible to heart failure if they were to become infected with coronavirus. Because of the underlying heart valve issues, if damage to the pumping chamber of the heart were to occur, patients would be less able to tolerate that."

Am I at greater risk of developing severe illness should I be infected? (Should I take greater than usual precautions so as not to get infected?)

I would really appreciate any answer you could provide.

Thank you!

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    Hi Arturo,

    The belief out there is that the elderly , those with heart conditions and chronic medical problems need to protect themselves from getting infected with this virus. I think we all need to protect ourselves no matter our particular health status until this virus is properly investigated. It is a new virus and not much is known about its behaviour.

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