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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)
Mitral Valve Prolapse [posted
Answer: Well, they are only to treat the symptoms. Beta blockers are the usual ones to block extra beats, etc. Occasionally, antidepressants or benzodiazepines for the concurrent anxiety. Antibiotics are often recommended for dental/surgical procedures depending on the amount of leakage.
Mitral Valve Prolapse & Atenolol [posted
Answer: Caffeine would tend to cause more irregular heart beats and should be avoided. However, you need to try it and see your individual reaction. You may not have much problem with the caffeine. Any of the OTC drugs will cause irregular heart beats. But, with most patients with MVP, these are a nuisance, not a medical emergency. However, get a Atrovent Nasal Rx from your doctor for the next time. Pretty effective with minimal cardiac effects.Mitral Valve Prolapse Concerns [posted 11/24/98]
Question: I am a 32 year old female who was diagnosed with a heart murmur when I was little and later was told that I had mitrovalve prolapse. I was always told that, apart from having to take antibiotics before going to the dentist, there were no precautions that I needed to take. I was told it was normal to have occasional irregular palpitations and chest pains. My question is how do I distinguish between normal chest pains and palpitations, given my condition, and the kinds I need to be concerned about?
Answer: Hard to know which always raises anxiety with MVP patients. However, patients with MVP usually outlive those without it unless the leakage is increasing. You can decrease the palps with a beta blocker (at the price of some fatigue).
Dexedrine For MVP [posted
Answer: This drug is not indicated in MVP and might help produce arrthymias. I would also have serious concerns about your physicians judgement. There is not usually a plaque build up around heart valves, although they can degenerate over time. In terms of the lactic acid, no one is clear what the etiology of CF is, but, off hand I doubt that lactic acid has any role.
Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
Answer: MVP has been described for years and about 10% of women do have MVP. It seems that the connective tissue throughout the body is "different" and the MVP is only one manifestation of this genetic variation. Migraine headaches and irritable bowel are not part of this syndrome. The valve does not cause the systemic problems seen with MVP, rather different connective tissue does. Anxiety, fast heart beats, excessive response to caffeine and like drugs, hyperextendable joints, a tendency to small breasts are part of the syndrome.
Mitral Valve Prolapse and
Pseudoephedrine [posted 7/16/98]
Answer: Any of the drugs similar to pseudoephedrine can produce irregular heart
beats. This is similar to caffeine or chocolate in its effect. Seldane and other
antihistamines can produce irregular heart beats, but by a completely different mechanism.
There should be no special sensitivity to Seldane (or any other antihistamine) with MVP.
There will be increased sensitivity to pseudoephedrine and like drugs.
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