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Mitral Valve Insufficiency and Pain?

I have been diagnosed with mitral valve insufficiency last year. But for the last few days, i have been experiencing pain in my chest/heart area...SHould i be worried?....Mild pain by the way.

Well i dont really think it is that big because mitral valve insufficiency is known to do that but you can never be too sure. Actually i would Recommend going to the doctors because heart pains is always a seriuos matter and if it becomes worse, it might be too late.

So as i said, Please go to the doctor, not just for you, but for your family because they care about you ;)  (+ info)

what is done to correct moderate to severe mitral valve insufficiency?

It depends on the patient and the condition - whether the valve is stenotic (not opening fully) or incompetent (not closing fully).

Initially the doctors will work with medication to mitigate the symptoms. If this is successful, the patient will be placed on longterm drug therapy. This will not fix the problem, but it may make it liveable.

If medication is not effective on its own, then surgery becomes necessary to replace the diseased valve. The replacement options are either tissue (made from porcine or bovine tissue) which will last for about 15 years and then need to be replaced again, or mechanical, steel and titanium which last for a lifetime, but carry a 1-2% chance per year of stroke or leakage and require anticoagulant (blood thinner) therapy for the rest of the patient's lifespan.

If this is for your own health or that of a loved one, best of luck.  (+ info)

Mitral valve?

what is the difference between mitral valve prolapes and mitral regurgitation?

Mitral valve prolapse refers to a condition in which the leaflets of the valve are large and floppy compared to the average. When the ventricle contracts, the valve closes and the flow causes a "pop" as the floppy leaflet fills with blood, much like the way the wind fills a sail. This extra "pop" can be heard with a stethoscope (like a click) but it can often be felt by the person affected which makes them more aware of their heartbeat than the rest of us.
Mitral Valve regurgitation is a condition in which the mitral valve leaks after it is closed leading to a loss of efficiency of blood pumping and a drop in blood pressure. It is often a small leak and is of little consequence and is often associated with mitral valve prolapse. This leak can sometimes be heard with a stethoscope as a murmur under the left arm.
The combination of both situations is known as "Barlow's click-murmur syndrome".
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Mitral Valve?

Ok, I was told several years ago that I have mitral valve prolapse which accounted for the slight chest pain I was having at the time (I was 24). I cut down on the caffeine and smoking and it seemed to relieve it for the most part, except for the occasional slight pain, which I attributed to the smoking. For the past few months, I have had much sharper periodic pains, which I have thought to be MVP related (I am almost 33 now). The only difference from before is that just to the left of the center of my chest is very sensitive to the touch, and almost sore (not continuously, just for a period of time after the pain), and seems a little more 'stiffer' than the right. My question is, could this be MVP related or something else perhaps? Thank you for any insight.

you are most welcome sir.
mitral valve problems would never cause a sore area or tenderness of the chest wall as you have described. pain to the touch is always due to a muscle or bone problem of the chest wall.
so no, definitely not your heart.
there is something called " costo- chondritis" which is inflammation of the attachment between ribs and cartilage at the exact area you have described. the cause of this is unknown and usually goes away after a while.
if this is the case then you need not worry and you can take something like brufen for the pain, provided you do not have kidney or stomach problems.
have a nice day.  (+ info)

What is the best alternative way to treat Mitral Valve Prolapse?

I was diagnosed with Mitral valve prolapse yrs. ago, but this has got worse and very troublesome and is interfering with daily routines stay inside away from people because of panic attacks and anxiety feet legs ,hands, and under eyes swell up like b***ons and causes discomfort.I sweat *** the time and catch infections very easly.Is their any over the counter medicenes or vitamins that will help my condition?

Mitral valve prolapse is a structural abnormality of the heart. Over the counter self-treatment is not going to be effective for what can be a very serious problem.

The panic attacks that you describe are not a part of MVP. That sounds like a separate anxiety-related issue.

You need to see a physician for a thorough history and physical, plus cardiac workup to evaluate the severity of your problem, and to distinguish the cardiac issues from the anxiety issues. You may need to be on prescription medications to optimize your heart function. The last resort for mitral valve disease is valve replacement surgery.

People with MVP are susceptible to SBE - subacute bacterial endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart. It is difficult to treat and can lead to further heart problems.

If you let things go too long, your condition may progress to the point where little can be done. Make an appointment with a doctor ASAP and get yourself sorted out. This is nothing to fool around with.  (+ info)

Is it safe for someone with a mitral valve prolapse to have children?

I have mitral valve prolapse (which means that my mitral valve doesn't close properly). I am not ready to have children yet. I was just wanting some information before I have kids.

The mitral valve is located in the heart. It means you have a broken heart. You can't love, and you need to find love to have children. Sorry, sister, you're out of luck.

Just playing with you. Take care of your heart, and your doctor will tell you if you can handle the strain on the heart from pregnancy. It may be unlikely, but you can always adopt.  (+ info)

Does anyone know what effects pulmonary embolisms have on the mitral valve?

My dad had large pulmonary embolisms and almost sid not make it last month. He had a leaky mitral valve at 30 percent before all of this happened. I just wondered what kind of negative effects this could have on the valve. Could it make it worse or could it have no effect.

A leaky mitral valve will cause increased pressure in the lungs and possibly pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) if the mitral regurgitation is large enough. The pulmonary embolism will likely cause no additional harm to the mitral valve. It is very serious by itself though and could be made worse by potential pulmonary edema from the faulty mitral valve.  (+ info)

Can Mitral Valve Prolapse by aggravated by medication?

My doctor suspects that I have mitral valve prolapse, after listening to my heart when I went in for chest pain last week. I've had this happen several times in my life, and it was always triggered by taking a medication. I go in for an ultrasound on my heart next Wednesday. I can't find anywhere that says that MVP is aggravated by medication though. Has anyone else heard of that?

You'll be happy to know that the vast majority of people who have mitral valve prolapse suffer no symptoms and have no change in their life expectancy or likelihood of developing valvular dysfunction later in life. It is a common physicial finding at 2-5% of the entire population.

That said, I can not say I have ever met a person with MVP who is not on the scale of things, an anxious individual. With anxiety comes a host of other issues including heart palpations, chest pain, shortness of breath and other physical manifestations. Unfortunately these people often attribute the other symptoms they have experienced to the MVP...and of course there is a certain logic there. Regardless, MVP remains without symptoms, treatment, complications, or need for antibiotics before dental procedures. Therefore it is an interesting physical finding, like noticing you have blue eyes.

As for a medication triggering heart palpations...yes, there are certain medications that can do such things. Usually they are stimulating medications, like cold medications or asthma medications as examples. The heart palpations are harmless, though annoying. If you do not care for the side effects, I would recommend you simply avoid the medications.

Good luck. I hope this was helpful.  (+ info)

How long before my mother can come home from mitral valve repair/replacement?

My mother will be going in for Mitral Valve Repair on Thursday (2/22/2007). They don't know for sure if a repair will fix the problem. If it won't they will be doing a replacement instead.

I am kinda freaking out and I don't want to be stuck in a motel room for and extended period.

Well, I'm sure your mother doesn't want to be stuck in a hospital room for an extended period, either.

How soon she comes home depends on her doctor and how quickly she heals. She should be able to leave the hospital within 3-5 days, if all goes well. How soon she leaves for home depends on the doctor. Of course, the doctor is the one who will make these decisions, based on what is best for your mother. Talk to him to get details.  (+ info)

Is it safe to get a tattoo if you have Mitral Valve Prolapse?

My mom wants to get her first tattoo, but she has a heart condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse. It's sort of like a really bad heart murmer. At one time, a doctor told her that she should have penicillin before having anything done (like dental work). Would that apply to having a tattoo?

Absolutely, she needs to get antibiotics from her family Dr. because she is at a very high risk to develop endocarditus, which is an infection involving her heart. She must speak with her family Dr. first.!!  (+ info)

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