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How Did The Mitral Valve Get Its Name
A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more
Many reasons: There are many causes of leaking mital valves. This can include wear and tear of the valve, infection of the valve, history of rheumatic fever, dilated heart failure, heart attacks, damage to anchoring chords to the valve, and birth defects. Mitral valve prolapse is a condition where the leaflets bulge out when it closes. This can sometimes lead to a leaking valve as well. ...Read more
Does everyone still have mitral valve leakage after mitral valve repair? Why do I still have leakage. Is this normal, will leakage get worse?
Normal, should monit: A little is normal and should not get worse. You should continue to get periodic checks by your cardiologist though and take antibiotics before dental procedures, even teeth cleaning, or any other procedure where bacteria from your body will be exposed to blood supply, like polyp resection during colonoscopy. Sterile procedures do not require antibiotic prophylaxis. ...Read more
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Still have a little leakage after mitral valve repair surgery, how do I know the leakage won't get worse over time. Had surgery 3 weeks ago.
Some leakage is the norm. This is nothing to worry about. Your cardiologist will keep an eye on this. You will have periodic echocardiograms (maybe every year or more) to follow this.
What you do not need to do is fixate on this and worry yourself to death! You are better - enjoy this!
hope this helps! ...Read more
Cardiologist told me a slight leakage after mitral valve repair...What will cause leakeage to get worse?
I had a mitral valve repair. Cardiologist told me echo still shows very minimal amount of leakage. Will this get worse over time?
You need to stay in touch with your heart
doctor for regular
check up. ...Read more
My heart rate is still fast in the 90's after my mitral valve repair is this normal. Will it get slower after some time, only been three weeks.
Yes: You're still in the very early recovery period. Although your heart is repaired, your heart takes time to remodel. Give it 3-6 months. Be sure you're in normal rhythm as atrial fibrillation is very common after mv repair (it would be irregular) and it tends to be faster than normal. ...Read more
I had mitral valve repair surgery 17 days ago. How much walking exercise is too much? Sometimes I get heart pains while walking.
Stop, with pain:
Walking is generally fine but if it hurts stop, if you get tired rest
gradual and steady return to, full activity over 2-3 months is common. ...Read more
What causes heart valve leakage. If you have minimal amount of leakage after mitral valve repair what will cause the leakage to get worse over time?
Worsening with time, infection, ...Read more
I have mitral valve prolapse/dysautonomia. I can't get any help with this. How can I get the doctors to see this problem and help me? My life is over..
Mitral valve prolapse is a common condition that has been associated with multiple symptoms such as you described in the minority of patients but it is harmless.
Dysautonomia is different condition in which there is an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system causing symptoms such lightheadedness, fainting or increase heart rate. Sometimes you may need to have a tilt test to confirm the diagnosi. ...Read more
I'm a very anxious person. Had panic disorder. Could the reason of anxiety be mitral valve prolapse? Could it get better with medication?
Anxiety treatment: Anxiety and panic can easily go together, and some have also noted that mitral valve prolapse (mvp) and panic disorder can happen in the same patient. But that doesn't mean that mvp causes the panic. In most people, mvp causes no symptoms or physiological problems. Regardless, medications like ssri's can treat the anxiety & panic, along with psychotherapy. See your doctor for evaluation & help. ...Read more
Iam 20 m, having mild mitral valve prolapse with mild regurgitation. Iam very scared that I may get stroke. How to prevent stroke from occurring. .
Regular followup: Mvp with mild mitral regurgitation may always stay mild, and not really increase your risk of stroke. If the regurgitation increases, leads to atrial enlargement (this may take many years), this may predispose you to atrial arrhythmias like atrial fib. See your doc at least annually to follow up on you valve and chamber sizes. ...Read more
A few years after mitral valve repair and not on betablockers occasionaly have a body massage and hands get pins and needles temporary is this normal?
Paresthesiae: If the only time you experience pins and needle sensations in your hands is during a body massage, I suspect that the symptoms are positional and nerves are being impinged at the wrist with the arms outstretched or bent. However if these parasthesiae occur at other times, a carpal tunnel syndrome is likely. A hand surgeon or neurologist are best qualified to evaluate and advise you about this sym ...Read more
Does this increase my risk for sudden cardiac death? Is this mitral valve prolapse?, will it get worse with time? Anterior mitral valve leaflet moderately thickened but no stenosis or prolapse.
Dysautonomia - MVP: Dysautonomia is associated with mitral valve prolapse syndrome - neither are usually life threatening but both cause patients anxiety about their symptoms. Read dr. Richard hoffman's book on mvp on amazon. Com. Increase fluid intake, try magnesium supplements. Risk of sudden death is less than chance of winning the powerball lottery. ...Read more
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I have mild mitral valve prolapse and I get heart palpations fairly frequently throughout the day. When should I worry about the palpitations?
If they cause you: To pass out or if they develop into sustained tachycardia. ...Read more
I have mild mitral valve prolapse and I get heart palpitations fairly frequently throughout the day. When should I worry about the palpitations?
If they change: Greatly in frequency or severity. Most MVP patients have some palpitations ...Read more
I have significant mitral valve prolapse. I stopped taking lanoxin (digoxin) when I was 21. I am no 50 and I get bad fluttering in my chest do I need it now?
You should: Find out what is behind the fluttering feeling. Possibly a rhythm disturbance such as salvo of premature contractions or atrial fibrillation. I both cases I would see the internist/cardiologist as especially having afib exposes you to blood clots in the upper chamber that can lead to strokes. So my humble advise see the cardiologist asap! Please do not delay! ...Read more
Can I get a tattoo after a mechanical mitral valve replacement and now on Coumadin (warfarin) (blood thinners)?
No: You should be on antibiotics in advance to minimize chance of infection. You also are going to bleed because of the coumadin (warfarin). I doubt your cardiologist will stop Coumadin (warfarin) for a tattoo. If you decide to do this there may be bleeding in the skin which will affect the appearance of the tattoo. ...Read more
Is it safe to get blood drawn (complete panels, thyroid, cortisol, etc) if you have mitral valve prolapse? Are there risks?
Completely safe: They use all new sterile equipment every time. It is highly unlikely there will be any problems with getting your blood drawn. Sometimes they recommend prophylactic antibiotics before going to the dentist, as having your teeth cleaned can release lots of bacteria into your bloodstream, and if you have a floppy valve, sometimes they set up home in your heart (you never want bacteria doing that) :P ...Read more
I constantly get depressed and anxious. Was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, always getting sick. Could this mean my heart may be regurgitating?
Doubtful: They probably aren't related. Talk to your doctor about echocardiography. That will answer the question of regurgitation. ...Read more
I have mitral valve prolapse. Considering the risk of infection, is it safe for me to get my nose pierced?
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