Patient Comments: Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) - Symptoms

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

Published: July 09

I'm from Palestine, since 4 years ago, when I was 20 years old, I was feeling irregular pulse rhythm and some chest pain, I visited many doctors but none of them determined my case. For making me relax they advise me to take Beta Blocker, I used to take beta blocker all the last period every 2 days.2 years ago a doctor determined that I have MVP and ask me to continue in taking beta blocker. So I feel depressed because I have to deal with beta blocker all the rest of my life. but before 2 months I research about MVP on the net and I found many useful things and I realized that MVP is related directly to the nervous system which affected by many kinds of food. So I begin drinking 2 liters of water daily and avoid taking caffeine especially coffee, tea, and chocolate. Now I just want to tell you that I stop taking BETA BLOCKER, and didn't feel any of the last symptoms, but some time I feel irregular pulse but I take some relaxers and every thing is going fine.

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Comment from: suneeta, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 10

I have fatigue and shortness of breath occasionally, because of mitral valve prolapse (MVP).

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Comment from: K.B., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I'm a 34-year-old mother of five with MVP. I've recently started having arm pain that my doctor says can be associated with MVP. I haven't read or heard of other having this symptom. It started with just the left arm but now both arms occasionally will ache and sometimes hurt to the point of tears.

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Comment from: Caphewin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I first went to my doctor because I was having frequent choking episodes, and when they happened I had the worst pain shooting down my arms, like being jabbed with 1000 needles, and the pain would last for up to 30 minutes after I'd stopped choking. I was concerned with the pain in my arms, but doctor was concerned about the thyroid tests, GERD tests, nothing. Just got back from another follow and told doctor about the dizzy spells I've started having, as well as the palpitations. I was diagnosed with asthma as a child, but now when I describe the feeling when I'm having trouble breathing, it doesn't sound like asthma at all. This was a new doctor I saw today and she listened to my heart and said that I had a heart murmur, and very likely MVP as well. My question to others is, do you ever have sharp needle like pain going down your arms or across your chest or back from a bad coughing or sneezing fit?

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Comment from: m wells, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I was diagnosed with MVP during the pregnancy with my twins at age 38. I became very tired. anxious, and unmotivated. Although it did pass after their birth I have had continuing symptoms off and on. I am now 54 years old and have been going thru menopause and symptoms have worsened. Very tired anxious at times not motivated. Headaches and i feel not like myself at all. I have always been very energetic and my glass always half full. Now my energy level low and always down. My OB GYN says its horomones.

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Comment from: Divarie, Published: May 20

I was diagnosed when I was 14. My doctor didn't prescribe any medications, just to have an echo once every two years. I went to another doctor just to make sure – they say I should be careful because there's a possibility of having a stroke. It's been seven years since I was diagnosed with MVP. Before, I only felt palpitations, tingling of my left hand, headaches, and sudden chest pain, which goes away in a few minutes. Sometimes when I'm short of breath, my back hurts. My cardiologist said that I just need to exercise the muscles on my back by stretching. Lately, I've been feeling this bruise-like pain that feels heavy. It's really bothersome and I hope it goes away soon.

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Comment from: BermyGee, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

I am in Bermuda. I also have MVP. I was told last year when I did a full physical. But before that, I was having complications such as coughing and sharp pinches around the heart and sternum and also an irregular heartbeat. Almost a year has passed since I was told of MVP, and things have gotten somewhat worse. Today, I am getting fatigued, my eyes look tired and red a lot, and I'm still coughing and having more and more pinches in the chest. My breathing is getting worse when I sit or lie down. My doctor told me if the breathing gets worse to go to the emergency room. I am 39 years old.

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