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Doctor insights on: Mitral Valve Prolapse And Stress

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can severe stress make Mitral Valve Prolapse to get worse? If yes, what would b the most probable condition?

Can severe stress make Mitral Valve Prolapse to get worse? If yes, what would b the most probable condition?

No: Stress does not make a mitral valve prolapse worse. The only condition that can make the prolapse worse is if the valve gets infected. That is a serious complication. Good dental hygiene is one way of preventing this.

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Can a stress echo rule out plaque build up and mitral valve prolapse?

Can a stress echo rule out plaque build up and mitral valve prolapse?

Yes and no: Cannot rule out plaque build up. Echo is the diagnostic tool to rule evaluate mitral valve prolapse. During a stress echo the mitral valve is may not be well evaluated though.

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Dull squeezing left sided chest pain since 2009. Normal echo, mitral valve prolapse aside. Normal angiogram. Normal nuc stress test. Ideas?

Dull squeezing left sided chest pain since 2009. Normal echo, mitral valve prolapse aside. Normal angiogram. Normal nuc stress test. Ideas?

Dull chest pain: Can be structural in origin. Can be referred from the esophagus. Rarely from rhythm problem with prolapse. May need haltor.

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Resting heart rate around 53 bpm. PCP says this is ok. Passed stress test, EKG ok. Slight mitral valve prolapse. Is this a concern? Worried!!!

Resting heart rate around 53 bpm. PCP says this is ok. Passed stress test, EKG ok. Slight mitral valve prolapse. Is this a concern? Worried!!!

Probably not: If you are active, that is, fit, your resting heart rate would be less than 60 BPM and when sleeping even lower. So the context is imp. Further, if when doing stress test, your heart rate increased appropriately, then additional evidence that you don't have chronotropic incompetence. Last, I see u r on thyroid medicine, so be sure your TSH is in normal range.

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Why is mitral valve prolapse effective?

Why is mitral valve prolapse effective?

Mitral valve prolaps: I will assume you did not mean effective but harmful :-) when the valve leaflets "prolapse" they bend back and no longer seal, resulting in significant leakage of the valve. This increases the amount of work the heart has to perform, resulting in decrease in exercise capacity and more shortness of breath. Of course, the leakage can be a little with few symptoms or severe...

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What is the cause of mitral valve prolapse?

Mitral prolapse: Read this for more information http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/mitral-valve-prolapse/basics/definition/con-20024748

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How to tell if I have mitral valve prolapse?

Echocardiogram: Is best way to diagnose & assess severity.

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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)

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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 is the significance of mitral valve prolapse?

What is the significance of mitral valve prolapse?

Depends: Most of the time, it is a minor problem. It can result in significant leakage of the valve, chest pain, palpitations, valve infection, and heart rhythm disturbances. So it really depends on the severity of the problem. Fortunately, most cases are relatively benign. We used to routinely give antibiotics prior to dental and other procedures, but that is no longer recommended.

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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.

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Is mitral valve prolapse fatal?

Is mitral valve prolapse fatal?

Rarel: Mitral valve prolapse can cause palpitations, shortness of breath, or chest pain but isi seldom fatal. If the valve is leaking severely or if it gets infected, the problem can become serious.

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Can mitral valve prolapse kill me?

Can mitral valve prolapse kill me?

Unlikely, possible: A rare possibly of a lethal arrhythmia exists. An infection on the valve can be very dangerous requiring surgical repair or replacement. Long term neglect to worsening regurgitation resulting in heart failure can be debilitating and eventually lethal.

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What is a cure for mitral valve prolapse?

What is a cure for mitral valve prolapse?

Often benign: In general, this condition is benign. It may lead to palpitations, shortness of breath, migraine, anxiety. Mitral valve replacement may be needed if there is severe mitral regurgitation or a leaky mitral valve - rare cases for mitral valve prolapse.

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Does mitral valve prolapse cause low energy?

Does mitral valve prolapse cause low energy?

Usually not. ..: Mitral valve prolapse occurs when the leaflets of the mitral valve, between the heart's left atrium and ventricle, bulge upward or back into the left atrium as the heart contracts. When more severe, it causes leakage of blood back into the atrium--mitral regurgitation--which can cause fatigue. But the majority of cases of mitral valve prolapse are not this severe and cause few, if any, symptoms.

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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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Is mitral valve prolapse a contagious condition?

No: No, the tendency for it is present at birth, so it may have a genetic or womb cause. There is even a correlation with certain finger print patterns. Finger prints form in the fetus before birth. There is nothing contagious about it.

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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


Dr. James Chapman
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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