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In the management of acute mitral incompetence with an organic cause, supportive therapy can stabilise patients long enough to prepare the operating suite.
In the management of acute mitral incompetence with functional causes, supportive therapy may be sufficient and surgical intervention not required unless initial supportive measures fail.
There are limited studies on the prognosis of patients with acute mitral incompetence. Numerous studies have been done on increased mortality from ischaemic mitral incompetence following myocardial infarction and the presence of mitral incompetence post-infarction is a poor prognostic sign.