Mitro Valve Prolapse

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Registered: 04-09-2003
Mitro Valve Prolapse
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 10:34pm
I feel silly asking about such a small problem among so many serious heart conditions, but

I have heard different things and don't know what to think. About ten years ago I was

diagnosed with Mitro Valve Prolapse after having an EKG. My mother also has it.

The doctor at the time said I should take antibiotics before I go to the dentist, but a

couple of dentists have told me that it's really not a risk. Then recently I heard that MVP

can cause anxiety attacks, which I have suddenly started having few times this year.

I saw a new clip on people living with the constant threat of MVP, but it never once said what

the possible problems could be. Does anyone here know anything about MVP? Can it be dangerous?

I'd appreciate any information any has.



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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 11:40pm
Hi, Maria....and welcome to the board!

I've included a link below that might offer you some information on MVP. Many people with MVP live completely normal lives.....I've had MVP for years with little affect on my life. There are others who are bothered by their MVP. I think your best bet would be to make an appointment with a good cardiologist and have a cardiac evaluation done. That way you'd know for sure from a specialist what stage your MVP is in and how it might affect your life! Let us know what happens and what the cardiologist has to say, okay? Good luck! Here's that link........{5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}

Welcoming (((hugs))),


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 06-02-2003 - 1:22pm
I also have it, but it was not diagnosed until my heart attack last year (one year anniversary is Wednesday). That did not cause my heart attack, a blocked artery did. I had MVP for years, most likely, and my sister and mom also have it. Unless it is severe it should not affect most people, cause no disruption. A cardiologist is the best person to ask.

About the antibiotics before the dental visits, if you get an infection from a mouth cut or anything at the dentist office, it can travel to your heart and damage it. You have MVP, so is there any harm in being cautious and taking antibiotics beforehand? I think it's a good idea, and the dentist should be able to call the presription in-they deal with this enough to know.

Good luck!
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Registered: 04-09-2003
Wed, 06-04-2003 - 2:32am
Thanks so much to both of you. I try to avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily.

I had some health problems from them about ten years ago. I know that bacteria

can somehow hurt MVP, but one dentist told me that the risk is negligible. He

said I had the same risk every time I brush my teeth with an electric toothbrush.

Thanks again,