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What is myxomatous redundant mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Birth defect: It's abnormal tissue composing the mitral valve from birth. Myxomatous tissue is thickened, exuberant, and stretches - thus doesn't provide proper support for the mitral valve which then "bows backward" under the force of cardiac contraction and "prolapses" (sticks its neck out) into the left atrium during systole (where it doesn't belong). It can lead to mitral regurgitation (leaking).

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can I have mitral valve prolapse, how can I know?

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Dr. Hyeun Park
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 29 years experience
Probably wouldn't: Mitral valve prolapse is a condition that has been overdiagnosed and most times has no bearing on a person's life unless it is significant. In some cases, it is associated with atypical chest pain and palpitations.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Donald Thomas
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Usually no symptoms: Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is usually asymptomatic. Occasionally with more significant prolapse symptoms of shortness of breath occur. MVP should be followed with serial exams and cardiac echoes.

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