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A 46-year-old member asked:

I have mitral valve prolapse and a mild heart murmur, is this common and sort of normal?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Probably so: About 10% of the population has some minor, insignificant form of mitral valve prolapse, but it does not generally affect their lifestyle. Most of the time, there are no (or few) symptoms, and treatment is not needed.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Can be: Mitral valve prolapse is most often associated with some degree of mitral regurgitation ("leaking") which causes a murmur. The severity ranges from mild and insignificant to severe. Depending on the severity and your age, it may never, ever cause you any symptoms or problems. In the rare cases in which it is very severe, the valve can be repaired and life goes on normally again.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

I have mitral valve prolapse plus a heart murmur, is this normal.?

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Not normal, not bad: Mitral valve prolapse, a condition in which the mitral valve (which prevents blood going back into the left atrium from the left vntricle) snaps back ("prolapses") into the atrium, making a click which the doctor can hear. If blood leaks back, this makes the murmur. A click only is harmless; if there is a murmur, it may be significant. An echocardiogram will be helpful in evaluation.
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What is the difference between having a heart murmur and a mitral valve prolapse?

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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Heart murmur: Could occur in same person. Murmur is detected by auscultation by listening to heart beats with stethoscope. Mortal valve prolapse is seen on screen by doing echocardiogram.
Last updated Jun 25, 2015


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