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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.
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
No symptoms: Mitral valve prolapse is a description of how the mitral valve closes. In the majority of patients it has no symptoms. In a subset of patients their mitral valve will leak. This is called insufficiency or regurgitation. If severe enough then the patients may have symptoms of shortness of breath fatigue weakness etc.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you be a police officer if you have mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Kevin Lingle
Cardiology 15 years experience
Yes: Mvp by itself should not limit you in anyway whatsoever. Just have a check-up and echocardiogram prior to enrolling.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

How do doctors diagnose mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Numerous: Mitral valve prolapse can be diagnosed by physical examination and echocardiography. The physical examination will reveal a midsystolic click and a late systolic murmur. Echocardiography will be able to show prolapse of the mitral valve into the left atrium, a thickened mitral valve, and possibly mitral regurgitation.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is mitral valve prolapse fatal?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Rarel: Mitral valve prolapse can cause palpitations, shortness of breath, or chest pain but isi seldom fatal. If the valve is leaking severely or if it gets infected, the problem can become serious.
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 Loh answered
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.
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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