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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...
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Not sure of quest: Mitral valve prolapse is a description of how the leaflets come together. This may cause the valve to leak. In most people prolapse is a relatively benign process. In some, however, it can lead to severe mitral leak which would need surgery to repair.

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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.
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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 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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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the tests for Mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The tests for Mitral valve prolapse include:: Echocardiogram, Electrocardiogram, Transesophageal echocardiogram, Left heart catheterization, Cardiac MRI without contrast, Xray of chest, CT of chest.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Palpaitations: If its mild no symptoms are likely . If moderate palpitaions and some shortness of breath with exercise . Severe mvp usually reults in significant regurgitation with atrial fibrillation and possible heart failure.
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Chest pain is not usually associated with prolapse. Sometimes mild regurge can be worse with exercise or when BP is increased. Blackouts are associated with many things as well. I would definitely discuss with your doctor.
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