Mitral Valve Prolapse (cont.)
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Usually a person needs no medications for mitral valve prolapse, just a strong dose of reassurance.
On rare occasions, worsening valve leakage or extreme prolapse may require surgery to repair the valve. Improvements in heart surgery in the past 10 years have shown less need for mitral valve replacement with an artificial valve.
A person with mitral valve prolapse should see a health care provider for a follow-up exam every 2-3 years, including a clinical evaluation and possibly an ECHO test to assess whether blood leakage is worsening.
Mitral valve prolapse is usually a harmless disorder that does not lead to a heart attack and does not prevent a person from having a normal, active life. The condition does trigger some possible complications, but overall risk for them is very low. These complications include the following:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2014
Vibhuti N Singh, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI
Alan D Forker, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Michael E Zevitz, MD
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