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What do you need to know about mitral valve prolapse?

What do you need to know about mitral valve prolapse?

Mitral Valve Prolapse or MVP is a valvular heart condition whereby the leaflets of the mitral valve are abnormally thickened and bulge into the left atrium during systole. Simply put, mitral valve prolapse signifies that the valve between the heart’s upper left chamber and the lower left chamber does not shut…

Are there any medications that can cause mitral prolapse?

Be careful with weight loss medications if you have mitral prolapse. Certain appetite suppressants, in particular, have been known to both cause and exacerbate problems with the heart and its valves. Dexfenfluramine and fenfluramine are two examples of appetite suppressants that cause problems in the heart.

Is it safe to take NSAIDs with mitral valve prolapse?

NSAIDs are medications to avoid with mitral valve prolapse and heart valve disease. If you are on blood thinners for atrial fibrillation or take prescription drugs to treat high blood pressure, talk to your doctor. He or she can help you find an OTC pain medication that is safe to take.

Can a deformed mitral valve cause a heart attack?

Irregular heart rhythms most commonly occur in the upper chambers of the heart. They may be bothersome, but aren’t usually life-threatening. People with severe mitral valve regurgitation or severe deformity of their mitral valve are most at risk of having rhythm problems, which can affect blood flow through the heart.

Is mitral valve prolapse (MVP) a serious condition?

MVP rarely becomes a serious condition. However, in the most serious cases it can cause abnormal heartbeats ( arrhythmias) that may eventually become life-threatening. When mitral valve prolapse is severe enough to cause significant valve leakage, called “regurgitation,” it can lead to serious complications such as heart attack and stroke.

What are side effects of mitral valve prolapse?

Heart failure. Mitral valve prolapse can cause severe mitral valve regurgitation which can weaken the heart, cause severe shortness of breath and heart failure.

Is mitral valve prolapse considered as heart disease?

Like heart failure, cardiomyopathy , and many other problems that affect the heart, MVP is considered a heart disease. It is a non-infectious heart valve disease that impairs mitral valve function. Mitral valve prolapse is also considered a disorder and a syndrome.

How is mitral valve prolapse (MVP) diagnosed?

Mitral valve prolapse is usually diagnosed during a routine physical exam. MVP is called the click-murmur sound because the doctor will hear a click and a murmur (abnormal blood flow through the valve) as the valve leaflets bow back into left atrium with each heartbeat.