Patient Comments: Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) - Symptoms

For mitral valve prolapse (MVP), what were the symptoms and signs you experienced?

Comment from: Starwars, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I am 34 year old and last year I found out that I had a prolapsed heart valve. My heart would feel like it skipped a few beats then feel like it was going to burst out of my chest. I would have stabbing chest pain and could not lay on my left side when trying to sleep. My heart doctor did all the tests, EKG, echo ND blood work and found the prolapse. I am now on atenolol which helps with the palpitations and the chest pains. I also suffer from panic attacks but have been put on medications for that too.

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Comment from: Shelley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

With mitral valve prolapse my heart was racing, and sometimes it felt like there was an extra beat, especially when I was sitting quietly.

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Comment from: Dailydaisy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) 17 years ago, although I've had symptoms much longer than that. I was put on Inderal for a while but stopped it because my heart rate decreased too much. I get exhausted easily and get frequent migraines and occasional vertigo.

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Comment from: LJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I am a 43-year-old female and was diagnosed with MVP at age 27. I suffered from classic ocular migraines, which causes blurred vision, for many years and have always felt short of breath and like I can't breathe. My heart feels like it is doing flips most of the time and I have anxiety attacks where I feel like someone is standing on my chest. I feel like I just can't get a good breath. Because I have always been an athlete and am an avid runner, people don't understand why I have so many symptoms. I have just never let it control me or stop me from doing things I enjoy. Looking back, I remember when I was 15 and I woke up early one morning with sharp chest pains and I couldn't breathe. My mother took me to the ER and they said I had pleurisy. I have been on a beta blocker all these years and take anxiety medicine and migraine prevention meds. I recently saw a cardiologist because I am so tired all the time and feel dizzy even when I am laying down. Also, I have cramps in my calves and toes and my right eye twitches all the time. I found out that I also have PFO (Patent foramen ovale), which is a small opening in the heart that normally closes after birth. My doctor said he does not think it is necessary to repair at this time. I just get so aggravated, because I struggle breathing, which makes it very difficult to run. I really hope my information might help others know that we are not crazy.

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Comment from: LAF, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I am 47 years old and was diagnosed with MVP when I was 25. I have been having episodes of fainting, dizziness, heart palpitations and extreme fatigue since I was 12. I had rheumatic fever as a child, I believe, when I was in third grade. On July 12, I experienced severe stabbing chest pain for about 15 minutes. On July 13, I passed out four different times during a 30-minute period. When I would barely come to, I could see, but I had trouble registering what I was seeing, as though I was watching what was going on around me from a different world. When I came to the last time and was able to sit up without feeling nausea and dizziness, my left eyelid would not fully open, my head was numb, and my speech was impaired. Since then, I've had numerous spells of chest pressure and tightness with some pain. On September 2, I experienced again severe sharp stabbing pain in my chest that radiated through my left shoulder and down my left arm. I also felt a stabbing pain between my shoulder blades. I had difficulty drawing a breath, and had limited control of my left side, which was shaking uncontrollably. My fingers became cold and I had a terrible pain in my calf muscle. I went to the ER. The doctor ordered a cardiac blood workup, an EKG, and a chest X-ray. All tests came back negative for heart disease. I was told that I had an anxiety attack and the fainting episodes could have been seizures. I told the doctor about the MVP, to which he simply stated that it may be getting worse. I do not have a lot of faith in doctors, and as I don't have medical insurance, it is difficult to find a doctor who will take me on as a new patient. I had hoped that the ER would have been able to help me. Today, I am still experiencing chest pressure and tightness and some stabbing pain between my shoulder blades. I fear that I will have a major heart attack or stroke.

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