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The condition was first noted in association with potentially serious complications such as infective endocarditis, transient ischemic attack, and arrhythmias. However, in the vast majority of persons in whom mitral valve prolapse is detected by auscultation, the condition is benign and there are no other symptoms.
Mitral valve prolapse is found in persons of all ages and is fairly common, particularly in women. The few who have problems usually experience chest pain, dyspnea, palpitations, fatigue, and sometimes syncope. Electrocardiographic studies may show some premature ventricular contractions, but unlike those in coronary heart disease, these do not indicate injury to the heart muscle.
Persons who suffer from the above symptoms may require administration of a beta-adrenergic blocking agent such as propranolol, restriction of caffeine intake, and avoidance of heavy meals. Those with severe symptoms may require repair or replacement of the mitral valve. It is recommended that patients with mitral valve prolapse take antibiotics prior to dental procedures.
mitraladjective Referring to the mitral annulus, mitral valve or other regional structure.
Patient discussion about mitral
Q. what do you do with a broken heart? I HAD A ECHO DONE THIS WEEK AND CONCLUSION WAS: 1)SEVERE MIRTAL REGURGITATION WITH LEFT ATRIAL DILATATION 2)LOW NORMAL LV FUNCTION CHEST X RAY IMPRESSION WAS: 1)NORMAL SIZE HEART WITH PROMINENT LEFT HEART BORDER. 2)PROMINENT MARKINGS WITH PROMINENT CHANGES. 3)THE BONES ARE OSTEOPENIC. BLOOD TEST....CHEMISTRY B TYPE NATRIURETIC PEPTIDE HIGH 260