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Mitral Valve Prolapse

What is Mitral Valve Prolapse?

Mitral Valve Prolapse is a genetic problem, the most common of all heart conditions. It is caused by a deficiency in the collagen in a heart valve. The result of that deficiency is a “Floppy” heart valve that can leak.

Is This a Dangerous Condition?

Mitral Valve Prolapse is usually a very benign condition. It is a very common condition, seen more in women than men, and found in at least one out of every twenty people.

What Are the Symptoms of Mitral Valve Prolapse?

Most people with Mitral Valve Prolapse have absolutely no symptoms. Occasionally, some people will experience palpitations or atypical chest pain.

What Changes Must I Make if I Have Mitral Valve Prolapse?

People with Mitral Valve Prolapse no longer need antibiotic prophylaxis when they are going to the dentist or other surgical procedures.

Is Mitral Valve Prolapse a Progressive Condition?

Mitral Valve Prolapse only rarely leads to significant amounts of valve leakage. Occasionally, patients with Mitral Valve Prolapse need to be seen by a cardiologist once a year, to watch for changes in the amount of valve leakage or deterioration of their heart function.

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