A 41-year-old member asked:
What are the signs of mitral valve prolapse?
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Thoracic Surgery 35 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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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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Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Why is mitral valve prolapse effective?
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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...
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A 25-year-old member asked:
How do I know if I have mitral valve prolapse?
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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.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
What is the significance of mitral valve prolapse?
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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.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
How do you find out you have mitral valve prolapse?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
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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