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Doctor insights on: Can Mitral Valve Prolapse Develop Or Worsen Over Time Or Is It Purely Inherited

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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Valve Prolapse (Definition)

Mitral valve prolapse is when the mitral valve that separates the heart's left atrium and left ventricle does not close appropriately. When the heart contracts to push blood from the left ventricle to the rest of the body, portions of the mitral valve move backwards into the left atrium. This can cause regurgitation of blood from the left ventricle into the left atrium. Most of the time a mitral valve prolapse is asymptomatic and does ...Read more


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Can mitral valve prolapse get worse over time?

Can mitral valve prolapse get worse over time?

Commonly yes: Regular followup and echocardiograms are appropriate. Not all progress to need surgery. ...Read more

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At what point do you seek immediate medical attention with what my doctor suggest are mitral valve prolapse symptoms that are persisting and worsening?

At what point do you seek immediate medical attention with what my doctor suggest are mitral valve prolapse symptoms that are persisting and worsening?

Never: Mvp doesn't cause symptoms and is never an emergency. Many symptoms are attributed to mvp but research has not confirmed any relationship. Mvp is a variant of normal. In rare instances, a tiny subset of people with mvp will rupture an attachment of the valve and develop sudden severe leakage which causes immediate heart failure. If you had this, you wouldn't be at your computer! ...Read more

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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.

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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My doctor suggests I have mitral valve prolapse , however i live in canada and there's a significant wait for the ethnocardiogram . I have the clicking sound post excercise , chest pain multiple times throughout the day , fatigue , and sometimes tender st

My doctor suggests I have mitral valve prolapse , however i live in canada and there's a significant wait for the ethnocardiogram . I have the clicking sound post excercise , chest pain multiple times throughout the day , fatigue , and sometimes tender st

See below: Try a us clinic. Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Valve (Definition)

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