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A term used to describe what happens when a valve does not fully close, allowing fluid to escape backward. This can happen in the heart valves, causing valvular regurgitation. Regurgitation can be mild, moderate or severe. It can cause symptoms like shortness of breath if it is severe, and can lead to heart failure. Regurgitation can cause a heart murmur.

Leaky valve causing murmur

leaking heart valve

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