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Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)

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Treatment of Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)

MVP is not life-threatening in most of the cases and may not require treatment. Severity of symptoms may however mandate intervention in some cases. Medications or surgery may be required.

Medications

Symptoms such as chest pain, heart rhythm abnormalities may require drugs.

Beta blockers

prevent irregular heartbeats

makes the heart beat more slowly and with less force

reduces blood pressure

improve blood flow by relaxing blood vessels

Aspirin

Reduces the risk of blood clots

Anticoagulants (blood thinners)

Often suggested in patients with history of heart failure and those with the condition called atrial fibrillation

Warfarin (Coumadin) is the commonly used one

Because of dangerous side effects they are used with great caution.

Surgery

Patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation (leakage of blood backwards through the valve) benefit from surgery. Available options are:

Valve repair: This is the commonly done procedure. Mitral valve has two flaps or leaflets. An experienced surgeon can either modify the original valve (valvuloplasty) or tighten (or replace) the ring around this valve (annuloplasty)

Valve replacement: This is done when valve repair fails. Two options are available:

Mechanical valves (Prosthetic or artificial valves) last for a long time but require the patient to have long time anticoagulant treatment so as to prevent clots.

Tissue valves (bio-prostheses) do not require anticoagulant therapy. However the disadvantage is that these valves may wear out overtime and hence require to be replaced.

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Thank you for sharing your valuable information.this information very useful for online learners mitral valve rupture
advancedcardiodr Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Interesting perspective! And we, the patients, should be involved and take responsibility in our lifestyle choices and health care.

mitral1 Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Floppy Valve Syndrome Floppy Valve Syndrome, also known as Mitral Valve Prolapse, or Barlow's Syndrome, or Click-Murmur Syndrome, is a heart disorder in which the mitral valve doesn’t work properly. The mitral valve is responsible for controlling the blood flow between the upper [atrium] and lower (ventricle) chambers on the left side of the heart. http://www.heart-consult.com
manuheart123 Saturday, January 22, 2011

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