Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)
Symptoms and Complications of Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)
In spite of being a lifelong disorder most people never have symptoms. If signs and symptoms arise it is due to leakage of blood through the valve. Symptoms are variable.
A racing or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
Dizziness or light-headedness
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Middle-aged or older adults may suffer complications due to MVP. Complications include:
The most common complication is Mitral valve regurgitation. In this condition leakage of blood occurs through the valve.
Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias): People may get irregular heartbeats. But these are not life-threatening.
Heart valve infection (endocarditis): The inside of the heart has an inner lining called endocardium. This lining can get infected by bacteria in people with abnormal heart valves.