Patient Comments: Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) - Symptoms

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

Published: July 15

It was my cardiologist who finally told me I wasn't crazy, there is a "syndrome" (MVP Syndrome) that is really a malfunction of the autonomic system that gives symptomatic MVP'ers all these weird symptoms. For me, it's migraines, exercise intolerance (headaches, raised BP and HR), light-headedness, sleep disturbance, palpations, and fatigue.

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Published: July 11

I am 15 years old, and my symptoms are a bit different. Often I experience fainting, and I feel as though my heart skips beats, but I have never had chest pains. I was diagnosed about a year ago, and the only thing I was told is to drink more water. I always feel dizzy when I stand up, but I have gotten used to it.

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Published: July 09

I was diagnosed with SVT while pregnant and had an ablation after giving birth to try and correct the problem. My SVT symptoms returned and lately I have experienced more fatigue lately and severe shortness of breath when I run. I also started having an aching in my chest with palpitations. I have always had headaches, depression, and anxiety all my life, but it wasn't until I was diagnosed with MVP 2 weeks ago that I realized they were all related. Now my husband believes me that no matter how often I run I still get short of breath, even though I am in great shape.

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Published: July 01

I experience fatigue breathlessness and also irregular heart rhythm it almost feels as though my heart has had a blow or dropping out of its socket often accompanied by a cough. I am starting to experience dizziness.

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Published: July 01

I was just diagnosed with MVP 3 weeks ago after experiencing many of the symptoms at work dizziness, sweats, sharp pains in my chest and rapid breathing. It took my primary care physician and a cardiologist to diagnose me with the condition after numerous tests and procedures. I never heard of the condition before but thankfully with the help of Inderal, I am able to sleep and work peacefully and with the peace of mind.

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Published: June 24

I have frequently had problems with anxiety, depression, fatigue, migraines, and panic attacks. Recently, the above symptoms have worsened to an intolerable level. I am now on a cocktail of drugs, each of which seems to increase the severity of a different symptom treated by another drug! Essentially, I take one drug for depression and anxiety which causes migraines, fatigue and panic attacks. The drug I take for migraines causes fatigue and depression. Etc.....It was not until 10 seconds ago that I knew that all of my symptoms are related to my MVP. I also never was told to medicate before Ob/Gyn and Urological visits.

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Published: June 16

My first symptoms of mvp came about while working. It also came about during a very stressful time in my life. First I felt a sharp pain in my chest and then my heart started pounding and racing. Afterwards I started having these symptoms more frequently and at night while sleeping. The worst came about while sleeping and I was awakened from a sound sleep. The palpitations lasted for about 20 minutes. Throughout all of the palpitations I was also experiencing a feeling that my heart was cutting flips. I later found out that this was actually a skipped beat. Along with these symptoms I was also experiencing fatigue and feeling out of breath.

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Comment from: Nathan, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

I was diagnosed 10 years ago with MVP. I had not had a check up for 3 years and had one the other day to find out that it has to be operated on at once, hopefully they can repair it, better than a mechanical one. The moral of the story is get it checked out yearly.

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Comment from: butterfly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I was diagnosed with MTV many years ago. I was told it was mild and have totally ignored it. I have always been into exercise, and it has not affected me other than skipped beats. It seems lately I am getting these skipped beats more often at night. I still don't let it effect my life. I am on Toprol, a beta blocker, but was put on it because my blood pressure rises when I get upset.

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