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Mitral Valve Prolapse (cont.)

Mitral Valve Prolapse Symptoms

About 60% of people with mitral valve prolapse have no symptoms. A stressful situation, such as childbirth, job change, or viral illness, can bring on symptoms that may include the following:

  • Irregular heartbeat or palpitations, especially while lying on the left side

  • Chest pain - Sharp, dull, or pressing, lasting from a few seconds to several hours, usually not related to myocardial ischemia (that is, not a threatened heart attack)

  • Fatigue and weakness, even after little exertion

  • Dizziness

  • Light-headedness when rising from a chair or a bed

  • Shortness of breath

  • Low energy level, often misdiagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome

The numerous symptoms of dysautonomia include the following:

People will also have symptoms related to associated illnesses, such as Marfan's syndrome or hyperthyroidism (increased thyroid hormone).

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Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is the most common valvular abnormality, affecting approximately 2-6% of the population in the United States.

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