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Can mitral valve prolapse be considered as a heart disease?

Can mitral valve prolapse be considered as a heart disease?

No and yes: It comes in all flavors. Mild mvp is considered to be a variant of normal. Severe mvp with severe regurgitation can lead to atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure requiring mitral valve repair surgery.

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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My doctor said that I have mild mitral valve prolapse. Is it a risk factor for future heart disease?

My doctor said that I have mild mitral valve prolapse. Is it a risk factor for future heart disease?

Not really: If it is associated with a loud murmur or a lot of back flow of blood, that is a different story. Just have it followed up by serial echocardiograms every few years by a good cardiologist.

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Would a Mitral Valve repair from severe regurgitation and Mitral Valve prolapse be a form of Valvular Heart Disease? Or once repaired is it classed as a Normal valve? I am unsure like my Cardiologist as he remarked outside his experience to answer!

Would a Mitral Valve repair from severe regurgitation and Mitral Valve prolapse be a form of Valvular Heart Disease? Or once repaired is it classed as a Normal valve? I am unsure like my Cardiologist as he remarked outside his experience to answer!

Heart valve.: In this context, before your operation you would be categorized as having valvular heart disease. That being said, once the valve is replaced, either with a metallic or poor seen valve, you would not be considered as having a normal valve. You would have a replaced valve. You will never again have a normal valve. Even with the new surgeries (TAVR) the valve is still abnormal.

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After Mitral Valve repair from mitral prolapse although classed as heart disease when successfuly carried out the long term outlook is very good?

After Mitral Valve repair from mitral prolapse although classed as heart disease when successfuly carried out the long term outlook is very good?

Very good: You should continue to be followed by your cardiologist every 6-12 months and also if you note any important change in heart-type symptoms. HRS, MD, FACC www. Thepmc. Org

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Are heart pains a typical symptom of mitral valve prolapse?

Are heart pains a typical symptom of mitral valve prolapse?

MVP: Not really... A lot of "symptoms" have been attributed to mvp. However, there are quite a few studies showing no difference in symptoms in people with or without mvp. Too often, mvp has been used as a "convenience" diagnosis to explain a variety of poorly defined symptoms. Conclusion, it can, but most likely it is not...

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Skipped heart beat cause? Mitral valve prolapse?

Skipped heart beat cause? Mitral valve prolapse?

Possibly: Some people with mitral valve prolapse are more prone to get palpitations when under stress or with stimulants (alcohol or caffeine or pseudoephedrine).

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I have mitral valve prolapse plus a heart murmur, is this normal.?

I have mitral valve prolapse plus a heart murmur, is this normal.?

MVP: Mitral valve prolapse is an abnormality of this heart valve which can be associated with a heart murmur, chest pain or heart arrhythmia. The valve is abnormal and 'flops' into the atrium. It may or may not be associated with a murmur which is the valve leaking. Worst case is that it is a syndrome associated with arrhythmias and even strokes. It should be followed by a cardiologist.

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What is the difference between having a heart murmur and a mitral valve prolapse?

What is the difference between having a heart murmur and a mitral valve prolapse?

Sometimes related: Mitral valve prolapse is a diagnosis which describes how the valve closes. A heart murmur is a physical finding (sign) it is not a diagnosis. A heart murmur is a sound you can hear when blood flows with turbulence (rough flow like rapids in a river). Murmurs can be caused by many things. The location and quality often gives us clues to what caused it. Prolapse may or may not have a murmur.

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I have mitral valve prolapse and a mild heart murmur, is this common and sort of normal?

I have mitral valve prolapse and a mild heart murmur, is this common and sort of normal?

Can be: Mitral valve prolapse is most often associated with some degree of mitral regurgitation ("leaking") which causes a murmur. The severity ranges from mild and insignificant to severe. Depending on the severity and your age, it may never, ever cause you any symptoms or problems. In the rare cases in which it is very severe, the valve can be repaired and life goes on normally again.

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I have mitral valve prolapse, they looked at my heart on echo, am I really going to be okay? Am I at risk for a heat attack?

I have mitral valve prolapse, they looked at my heart on echo, am I really going to be okay? Am I at risk for a heat attack?

Periodic checks: Regular cardiology and echo and you may be perfect for decades. Shortness of breath, arrythmias, some chest discomfort are not unusual. Heart attack is quite unusual.

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Why does your heart hurt when you have mitral valve prolapse?

Why does your heart hurt when you have mitral valve prolapse?

Chest pain MVP: Inmitral valve prolapse abnormalities in the valve makes it to fall back in to the left atrium as the ventricle contracts. This flopping or prolapsing is sometime perceived as chest pain/heart pain. The pain can be recurring and varies in intensity depending on the size of the prolapse.

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Is severe, frequent, stabbing heart pains a typical symptom of mvp (mitral valve prolapse)? What else should I look out for?

Is severe, frequent, stabbing heart pains a typical symptom of mvp (mitral valve prolapse)? What else should I look out for?

MVP: Mitral valve prolapse generally does not produce severe frequent stabbing chest pain. If this is occurring you should seek immediate medical attention.

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I have mild mitral valve prolapse with mild regurgitation, can I eat eggs daily or it cause any problem to my heart?

I have mild mitral valve prolapse with mild regurgitation, can I eat eggs daily or it cause any problem to my heart?

Daily eggs: Data doesn't prove one way or the other. The reasonable course is to follow a mediterranean diet and keep egg intake to a couple of times a week.

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I'm 23. About 115 pounds and not very active. I have mitral valve prolapse. If my heart rate is currently at 57 with chest pain should I be worried?

I'm 23. About 115 pounds and not very active. I have mitral valve prolapse. If my heart rate is currently at 57 with chest pain should I be worried?

Prolapse: Mvp is not necessarily symptomatic. Your chest ache may well have a musculoskeletal or no cardiac cause. Probably you are fine. Being inactive is not a healthy state, we all need regular exercise.

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I have mitral valve prolapse/heart murmur, is this reason for holter?

I have mitral valve prolapse/heart murmur, is this reason for holter?

Yes: Holter will be able to analyze your heart rhythmn whether regular or not. Premature beats are associated with mitral prolapse.

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Can an enlarged heart due to htn and/or mitral valve prolapse heal itself & return to normal size? If so, how? I have both mvp & htn.

Can an enlarged heart due to htn and/or mitral valve prolapse heal itself & return to normal size? If so, how? I have both mvp & htn.

Not likely.: Once the heart is enlarged from a long standing problem, it will not go back to normal architecture though it may well continue to function normally if the enlargement is not significant. Sometimes, when the enlargement happens rapidly due to an acute issue, the size can go back to normal.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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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