Last time we talked about what mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is. Today, we are going to continue our discussion on the symptoms of MVP.
Symptoms of Mitral Valve Prolapse
Some people have MVP but never may have any symptoms.
When signs and symptoms do occur, it may be because blood is leaking backward through the valve (regurgitation). Mitral valve prolapse symptoms can vary widely from one person to another. They tend to be mild and develop gradually. Symptoms may include:
- A racing or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, often when lying flat or during physical activity
- Chest pain that’s not caused by a heart attack or coronary artery disease
When to see a doctor
If you think you have any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor.
Many other conditions cause the same symptoms as mitral valve prolapse, so only a visit to your doctor can determine the cause of your symptoms. If you’re having chest pain and you’re unsure if it could be a heart attack, seek emergency medical care immediately.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, see your doctor if your symptoms worsen.
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