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

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Dr. Hyeun Park
Cardiology 28 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.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Your doctor can tell: Your doctor can tell by hearing a mid systolic click and late systolic murmur with his stethoscope and then an echocardiogram can confirm the diagnosis.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some major signs of mitral valve prolapse and how would i know if I have it?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Echocardiogram: You have an echocardiogram done and you then know if you have mitral valve prolapse and how severe it is or not.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Why is mitral valve prolapse effective?

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Dr. Bart Denys
Cardiology 39 years experience
Mitral valve prolaps: I will assume you did not mean effective but harmful :-) when the valve leaflets "prolapse" they bend back and no longer seal, resulting in significant leakage of the valve. This increases the amount of work the heart has to perform, resulting in decrease in exercise capacity and more shortness of breath. Of course, the leakage can be a little with few symptoms or severe...
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the significance of mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Depends: Most of the time, it is a minor problem. It can result in significant leakage of the valve, chest pain, palpitations, valve infection, and heart rhythm disturbances. So it really depends on the severity of the problem. Fortunately, most cases are relatively benign. We used to routinely give antibiotics prior to dental and other procedures, but that is no longer recommended.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How do you find out you have mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Exam & ECHO: A doctor can listen for the murmur of mitral valve prolapse: a mid-systolic click, followed by a late systolic murmur heard best at the apex. An echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) will confirm the diagnosis.

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