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Dr. Robert Binford
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Mitral Valve Prolapse (Overview)

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 not require any treatment.


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What are the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse?

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.

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Dr. Robert Binford
548 doctors shared insights

Mitral Valve Prolapse (Overview)

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 not require any treatment.


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Mitral regurgitation 396.3 mitral valve prolapse, history of v 12.50 what are some of the treatments for this condition and any information you can share. Thank you. Joy age 60, female

Repair: Mitral valve repair when possible, can cure regurgitation and results in the best long term survival by preventing long term complications, preserving heart and lung function and preventing thromboembolic cerebral strokes or arterial emboli . Check out www.Mitralvalverepair.Org go see dr. David h. Adams at mt. Sinai in ny.

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Mitral valve prolapse (Tip)

Mitral valve prolapse. most do not need surgery. Live Your Life Fully! ...See more

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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

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Mitral valve prolapse (Tip)

Ask your doctor if mitral prolapse is a problem for you. ...See more

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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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Mitral valve prolapse (Tip)

Do learn whether mitral prolapse is a serious problem for you, don't ignore learning about it. ...See 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.

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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.

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Mitral valve prolapse (Tip)

For most people mitral prolapse is asymptomatic and requires only good life habits. ...See more

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How do doctors diagnose mitral valve prolapse?

How do doctors diagnose mitral valve prolapse?

Numerous: Mitral valve prolapse can be diagnosed by physical examination and echocardiography. The physical examination will reveal a midsystolic click and a late systolic murmur. Echocardiography will be able to show prolapse of the mitral valve into the left atrium, a thickened mitral valve, and possibly mitral regurgitation.

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Mitral valve prolapse (Tip)

Most people with mvp do not need to see a a cardiologist except for every 2-3 years. ...See more

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Is it okay for someone with a mitral valve prolapse to have children?

Yes: Mitral prolapse is a "normal" abnormality of the mitral valve seen in approximately 10% of the population. It usually does not cause any major heart problem but may be associated with chest pain and palpitations. There is no problem bearing children with usual mitral valve prolapse. Rarely a severe leak of the valve leads to surgical repair/replacement and could impact child bearing.

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I have to have an echo ultrasound test done. For a possible mitral valve prolapse, what does this consist of and what problems can it detect?

I have to have an echo ultrasound test done.  For a possible mitral valve prolapse, what does this consist of and what problems can it detect?

Simple test : An echocardiogram is a specialized ultrasound examination of the heart. There are 2 types. The majority of echos are done by placing a water based gel on your chest and a probe is placed on the skin. We can see the function if the heart. We can also look at the valves, chambers and for holes in the heart. It takes about 15 minutes and requies no needles.

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Mitral valve prolapse (Tip)

It's extremely common and its an over diagnose condition. You can live a perfect normal life with it. ...See 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