Angina and Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)

@Kelly16 (253)
Philippines
December 28, 2006 11:56am CST
I was diagnosed of Mitral Valve Prolapse a year ago, this is the condition where the heart valves are not functioning its normal job. Mitral valve is made of two flaps of tissue that normally open and close to allow blood to flow in one direction. If you have MVP there is a backward leaks in the flow of blood because valve does not close normally. Most of MVP's I know don't have angina or chest pain. Have you experienced the same? Having MVP and Angina at the same time?
4 responses
@nemesis1 (98)
• India
28 Dec 06
what you told here is quite right! but you must know that the grade of MVP should also be taken into consideration. Some people with severe MVP may have to lead a dependent life and it's better for them to get a new prosthetic valve. but lots of people with very mild MVP doesn't find any difference, and lead a near normal life.
@Kelly16 (253)
• Philippines
28 Dec 06
I agree with you I have a friend with severe MVP (no angina) who just have her valve replaced, good thing she's a Physical Therapist and she can afford it. Most are leading a normal life like me. It was shown in all of my Tests (ECG, 2Decho, and stress test) that I am fit to work. Still having chest pains and other body parts pain occasionally is annoying. Pains could be because of lack of oxygen in some body parts. Doctor says, MVP is really annoying and it's just good to know that you have it and if you have your regular tests you will be fine.
@Kelly16 (253)
• Philippines
31 Dec 06
Yes some people with MVP live a normal life and don't have to undergo surgery or replacement of the valves. But there are times that the experience unnecessary pains but they have managed to live with it and make it a part of their normal life.
• United States
1 Jan 07
Kelly, are you plannng on having the operation to correct the MVP problem?
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
24 Jan 07
My Cardiologist said Most people live a productive life with MVP and Angina. It does have to be monotered on a regular basis but usually no surgery is required unless regergation is present.
@mysiraylon (1106)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Has your doctor ever advice you to spend sometime on the beach just for a week vacation, I heard it is helpful for problems on pulmonary circulations.
@meeshee1 (188)
• United States
5 Jan 07
My boyfriend was just diagnosed with MVP yesterday at the doctor's office. They only told him to take beta blockers and that should help and that was realy all they told him!! Do you think he should apply for disability? He is pain and has not worked for almost 2 years now because of the chest pains, althought we JUST found out what it was yesterday after tons of tests....