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What is the definition or description of: mitral valve prolapse?

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Dr. Michael Turner
Family Medicine 37 years experience
MVP is: The most common valvular abnormality whereby the mitral value is abnormally displaced upwards into the upper chamber of the heart during the contraction phase of the heart muscle. Causes of multiple and there are different grades of severity. It is diagnosed by echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart). Symptoms include anxiety, palpitations, chest pain, and or exercise intolerance.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Occurs when mitral : Valve slips into atrium (prolapsed) and causes regurgitation. There may be no symptoms or shortness of breath, atrial enlargement, pulmonary hypertension or arrhythmia. Intervention can be: nothing, medication or surgery. Diagnosed by echocardiogram.

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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 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 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.
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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.

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