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Living with Dextrocardia and Mitral Valve Regurgitation

Managing a Rare Heart Condition

Leanne Yates

Pictured above: Leanne Yates

Dextrocardia is a rare heart condition that affects less than 1% of the population. It’s a congenital disease, which means it’s present at birth due to problems during fetal development.

There are different types of Dextrocardia that affect the body in various ways. In some cases, the heart is on the right-hand side of the body and flipped over, which is sometimes referred to as ‘mirror image’. In more severe cases, other organs in the body are also affected and positioned incorrectly.

Although it’s rare, if it’s only the heart which is impacted by mirror image, it can still function normally.

The causes of Dextrocardia are currently unknown, however, if other problems are apparent like lung and chest defects, it can have an impact on the way the heart develops.

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