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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.
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Often little: Mitral valve prolapse is a description of how the valve closes. It can be associated with a leak and does increase your risk of developing a leaking valve in the future. But most never need any surgery. You do need to be careful because your valve is a little more prone to get infected. So taking an antibiotic like Amoxicillin before seeing the dentist is important. Also regular dr visits a must.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How can the mitral valve be replaced?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Many options: Depending on pts age as well as the characteristics of the valve, there are many options. Mitral valve repair -using the pts own valve and perhapse a ring. Mv replacement-the whole valve is replaced by either a mechnical valve pig valve or a bioprosthetic. Another new technology involves catheter based options such as a clip. All types have pros and cons including possible Coumadin (warfarin) therapy.
Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 43 years experience
Agree. Lots of options and choices. Talk to your doctor.
Mar 20, 2013
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How did the mitral valve get its name?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Mitral valve: The mitral valve got its name because its shape is similar to that of a bishop's miter.
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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 41-year-old member asked:

What is the most recommended remedy for mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
If needed, ß-blocker: There are no medications that will "remedy" or reverse mitral valve prolapse. There are many symptoms associated with this very common cardiac condition, most of which may be bothersome, but are usually benign. If the symptoms, e.g., chest discomfort or arrhythmia, become bothersome or interfere with quality of life, an empiric trial of a beta-blocker may be worthwhile.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Does the bicuspid valve work harder than the tricuspid valve?

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Dr. Mark URMAN
Cardiology 33 years experience
Leonardo da vinci understood about 500 years ago that a round valve worked best and most efficiently with 3 parts rather than 2. Normally we are born with a 3-cusp aortic valve (tricuspid, looking like a "mercedes-benz" logo). Occasionally people can be born with only 2 cusps or a bicuspid aortic valve -- (looking like the "cbs" logo). A bicuspid aortic valve is more prone to wear out over time.

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