Patient Comments: Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) - Diagnosis

How was your mitral valve prolapse (MVP) diagnosed?

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I am a 20 year old girl from NJ. I have been having fainting spells, chest pain, trouble breathing, palpitations of the heart and a fast heartbeat. I would just collapse very suddenly without warning from it. I had to be rushed to the hospital by EMS 7 times in February of 2011, 4 times in May and June of 2011 and 9 times just from Sept 3 to October 2nd of 2011. The doctors did chest x-rays, ct scans and EKGs and all came back okay except for a fast heartbeat. I went for an echocardiogram on Sept 29 of 2011. The cardiologist discovered that I have MVP and a small leak in my left ventricle of my heart with a fast heartbeat. The doctor put me on Lopressor and I been fine since without any sudden episodes.

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Comment from: Boots, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

My Mitral Valve Prolaspe was discovered when I had irregular heart beats, and anxiety, I went to the emergency, I felt pressure in the center of my chest, it felt like I was having a heart attack. Later was sent to see a Heart Specialist and discovered I have a heart murmur and was given medication to the name of the medication is metoprolol succin (toprol XL) 25 mg taken once a day.

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Comment from: Tayderbug, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I am a female and 15 years old, I just got diagnosed with MVP about a month ago. Got diagnosed because for a week I had chest pains very badly and I have always have trouble breathing. When I got diagnosed the first thing they did was a chest x-ray and it came back fine, then they did an EKG and didn't really find anything except that my heart skipped a beat every once in a while. They put me on a 24 our heart monitor and found that at times my heart rate would jump up to 170. They then did an echocardiography test and found out that I have MVP. I am now on a beta-blocker and hoping that it's working.

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Comment from: Stella, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I am 39 years old lady. I had several symptoms not very severe but annoying. I had chest pain like heartburn, palpitations very often, extra systoles, fainting. I went to many other doctors including psychologist - because I thought I had panic disorder - but finally a cardiologist find that I had a leaking mitral valve due to prolapse. I also have medium tricuspid regurgitation. I am almost perfect and I have already given birth to a girl. My daughter is now 15 months old.

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Comment from: rairai, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I have been experiencing chest pains several times before. I have also experienced difficulty in breathing but everything was under control and tolerable. Until last friday. I was brought to the ER that night because of "hypertension". My doctor requested me to undergo 2D Echo. The result showed that I have MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE. It is primary cause of my "hypertension". I was told that I must not be stressed --- may it be physical or emotional.

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Comment from: xtia, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I was just diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) today. I'm turning 18 on March 11. At first, I only felt chest pains, but then I started to feel fatigue and headache episodes. That prompted me to see the doctor. I hope I will be able to live long.

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Comment from: mly1980, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

My brother and I both have mitral valve prolapse (MVP). We were diagnosed as infants. Now I'm 30 and my brother is 27. My brother has high blood pressure. I have PVC's (Premature Ventricular Contractions or extra heartbeats) and suffer from migraine headaches. We both take beta blockers. I'm on Inderal to slow down my heartbeats and it works to prevent migraines. We see our cardiologist once a year for echo's and halter monitors. I can't drink anything with caffeine cause it makes my heart race. We're not sure how both of us ended up with MVP, as far as we know no one in our family had it, but who knows generations ago before we had the technology to detect it.

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