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I have mitral valve prolapse. How can I tell if my symptoms are due to anxiety?

I have mitral valve prolapse. How can I tell if my symptoms are due to anxiety?

See a cardiologist: Most people with mitral valve prolapse can have it very mild and can have no symptoms and are not at any significantly increased risk of heart problems. However, if there is significant prolapse and/or leakage of blood (mitral regurgitation), one can be at increased risk of shortness of breath, heart failure, chest pain, palpitations and arrhythmias. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Valve Prolapse (Definition)

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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What are some major signs of mitral valve prolapse and how would i know if I have it?

What are some major signs of mitral valve prolapse and how would i know if I have it?

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. ...Read more

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Can I have mitral valve prolapse, how can I know?

Probably wouldn't: Mitral valve prolapse is a condition that has been overdiagnosed and most times has no bearing on a person's life unless it is significant. In some cases, it is associated with atypical chest pain and palpitations. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolapse mimic the symptoms of a panic attack? If I have this, should I worry about endodoncy?

Yes.: Mitral valve prolapse has been associated w/ panic attacks in some individuals. If you are referring to having a root canal, then you should discuss these concerns w/ your dentist or dental specialist. I am sure you will receive anesthesia and sedatives if needed during your procedure, if you are worried about being extremely anxious. ...Read more

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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..

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..

No worries: 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

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How to know if I have mitral valve prolapse?

Exam and echo: A mid systolic click and systolic ejection murmur in the mitral position can often be heard on cardiac examination. Confirmation of mitral valve prolapse is with a transthoracic echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) ...Read more

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How can i know i have heart attack or anxiety? What are the differences?

How can i know i have heart attack or anxiety? What are the differences?

Panic Attack: Anxiety, or panic attack, can cause chest pain just like a heart attack can. If you are feeling chest pain, its a good idea to seek prompt medical attention. Sometimes only after examination with a doctor, blood tests, EKG can one tell a heart attack from a panic attack or anxiety - so - call your doctor or go to Emergency Room if you have chest pain now. Good Luck! ...Read more

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How can I tell if my symptoms are congestive heart failure?

How can I tell if my symptoms are congestive heart failure?

Symptoms of HF: Symptoms of heart failure include: shortness of breath with exertion, leg edema, difficulty breathing laying flat and the need of using more pillows. Some time people with heart failure describe walking up in the middle of the night with shortness of breath as if they are getting suffocated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation what can I expect?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation what can I expect?

Tends to recur: AF tends to recur. Not always, but usually. At your age (38), you don't need anticoagulation unless you have diabetes, CHF, or hx of stroke. The symptoms are annoying but not dangerous. Medications, if your spells are frequent enough to warrant treatment, can help. Ablation is indicated if you fail at least 1 medicine. ...Read more

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I suffer from mitral valve prolapse and scoliosis. Will i be able to exercise?

Exercise: If you don't have cardiac dysfunction you should be able to exercise. What form is best with the scoliosis might be advised by a physiatrist to minimize structural trauma. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have anxiety? What are the signs and symptoms?

How can I tell if I have anxiety? What are the signs and symptoms?

Symptoms of Anxiety: If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.? are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge? ? does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities?? are you plagued by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake? Along with the psych symptoms there are physical ones. ...Read more

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What affects could using cocaine have if I have mitral valve prolapse?

As above: Cocaine use can increase u pulse rate , which mean put more work on u heart , this is not good specially for some one with u condition. ...Read more

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I have gastritis and esophogeal reflux .It cause sever heart burn .I need to know what are the safe drug i can use if i suspect pregnancy?

I have gastritis and esophogeal reflux .It cause sever heart burn .I need to know what are the safe drug i can use if i suspect pregnancy?

Pharmacist: If you are in the us you can easily ask your pharmacist. Many medications are labeled so your local pharmacist can check for you. They can be a good resource throughout your pregnancy. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with anxiety. I have had all of the check ups and breathing test etc. My question is. How can you really tell if you are having troub?

I was diagnosed with anxiety. I have had all of the check ups and breathing test etc. My question is.  How can you really tell if you are having troub?

Anxiety disorders: need to be treated by a mental health professional. Learn coping, not only medication if that is offered. We all get anxious but when it interferes w/our functioning or comfort level we are best served by getting professional guidance. Peace and good health. See doc to rule out other conditions. ...Read more

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I have mitral valve prolapse. How can I tell if my symptoms are due to anxiety?

See a cardiologist: Most people with mitral valve prolapse can have it very mild and can have no symptoms and are not at any significantly increased risk of heart problems. However, if there is significant prolapse and/or leakage of blood (mitral regurgitation), one can be at increased risk of shortness of breath, heart failure, chest pain, palpitations and arrhythmias. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between generalised anxiety disorder and mitral valve prolapse. I have had clear ecg/chest x rays but still getting symptoms!?

Is there a difference between generalised anxiety disorder and mitral valve prolapse. I have had clear ecg/chest x rays but still getting symptoms!?

MVP/GAD: They are different. Gad is a psychiatric condition and mvp is cardiac. There is an association between panic disorder, a different anxiety disorder , and mvp. Some pts. With panic disorder also have mvp. Theories have proposed the surges of adrenaline with panic attacks may stretch the cords holding the mitral valve in place in the heart, causing prolapse into the ventricle. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to have anxiety attacks?

Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to have anxiety attacks?

Unlikely: This is a situation where two conditions that are very common (mitral valve prolapse and anxiety) may coexist in the same individual but is does not mean one caused the other. Some people with mvp may experience palpitations which could be unsettling and someone with anxiety may feel overwhelmed by having what they percieve as "something wrong with their heart". ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to get anxiety attacks?

Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to get anxiety attacks?

Possibly: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3287421 there has been much written about the association between panic disorder and mitral valve prolapse, as above. While the association is small, in my practice I have seen patients who have mvp, panic disorder and both. ...Read more

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Hi sir, iam having mitral valve prolapse. I am also having anxiety and chest pains .Does i need to control my diet. Does I should avoid any foods ..

Hi sir, iam having mitral valve prolapse. I am also having anxiety and chest pains .Does i need to control my diet. Does I should avoid any foods ..

No special diet.: There is no particular diet you should follow. Eat healthy, but avoid stimulants if you find they make your condition worse. If they don't seem to bother you I do not see any particular reason to avoid them. Check with your doc to make sure this info does not conflic with their advice. ...Read more

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I'm a very anxious person. Had panic disorder. Could the reason of anxiety be mitral valve prolapse? Could it get better with medication?

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

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I've noticed yesterday that i've mitral valve prolapse. Can it cause heart palpitation and anxiety? Are b complex injection derogatoty for it?

Noticed MVP ?: Usually it is diagnosed by a physician. There may not be any outward symptoms, and palpitations and anxiety can be caused by so many other different ailments. Please see your physician for a proper diagnosis and any care, if necessary. ...Read more

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I've noticed yesterday that i've mitral valve prolapse. Can it cause heart palpitation and anxiety? Are b complex injections derogatoty for it?

MVP: For the majority of people, mitral valve prolapse is a variation of normal. There is a spectrum and some people have a more severe form. When present, this leads to mitral regurgitation (leakage), a loud murmur, and over many years can lead to heart failure-then the valve must be repaired. B vitamins with neither help nor harm you. Palps and anxiety are common and not related. ...Read more

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My doctor says i may have mitral valve prolapse. However there's a ten month wait for an ethnocardiogram , my symptoms are persisting and sometimes worsening, chest pain , rapid heart beat, shortness of breath post excercise , fatigue , what should I do?

My doctor says i may have mitral valve prolapse.  However there's a ten month wait for an ethnocardiogram , my symptoms are persisting and sometimes worsening, chest pain , rapid heart beat, shortness of breath post excercise , fatigue , what should I do?

Nothing: If you haven't had the echo, then the diagnosis of mvp has not been established. Even if you do have it, mvp does not cause these symptoms. Doctors blame all kinds of things on mvp but they are not related. There is no treatment required for mvp and none that is helpful. If the wait for an echo is that long then you are in the wrong health system. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about mitral valve prolapse?

Valve failure: The mv prevents blood from backing up into the lungs during left ventricular contraction. Mvp is where the valve prolapses into the left atrium during contraction, and can be associated with progressive failure of the valve over many decades. It is caused by abnormal collagen formations of the valve. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is a mitral valve prolapse and what are the dangers?

Mitral valve prolaps: Mitral valve prolapse (aka primary form of myxomatous degeneration of the mitral valve aka floppy mitral valve syndrome) is a valvular heart disease characterized by the displacement of an abnormally thickened mitral valve leaflet into the left atrium during systole. Eventually it could lead to worsening of mitral regurgitation, heart failure, cardioac arrythmias and death. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse?

Often little to none: Mitral valve prolapse is a disorder of the mitral valve which affects the way it closes. Most of the time this results in little no leak. As long as there is little to no leak most patients will have no symptoms. Most patients with mitral valve prolapse probably don't even know about it. If there are symptoms usually they are related to an increase in the leakage of the valve. ...Read more

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What are uncommon symptoms for mitral valve prolapse?

MVP: MVP is mostly asymptomatic. Common symptoms ascribed to the condition are palpitations, shortness of breath and fatigue with symptoms, atypical chest pressure, palpitations and arrhythmia. If the prolapse progresses to significant(severe) mitral regurgitation, then the patient can develop symptoms of severe mitral regurgitation. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me anything about mitral valve prolapse?

Abnormal valve: You want your valves to open and close like a simple door. With a prolapse, the valve is less like a door, & more flimsy, allowing it to bow in some after closing. Some people will leak some because of this distortion. This can be a trivial leak or a lot & the impact depends on how much. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more