Mitral Valve Prolaspe and High Blood Pressure

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Submitted by Dr T on November 4, 2011 – 8:15am

Question: 
I was diagnosed with MVP as a child and have had no serious issues except for chest pain recently associated with sternal arthritis. I was just recently put on watch for high blood pressure, would my blood pressure readings be effected by my MVP? I am only 23 and would like to avoid being put on any meds this early in life.

Hi Hallie,
Most people with Mitral valve Prolapse (MVP) have no symptoms, however, those who do commonly complain of symptoms such as fatigue, palpitations, chest pain, anxiety, and migraine headaches. Your high blood pressure is unrelated to MVP, but if present, needs to be treated. All hypertension treatments (whatever the cause) need to include some lifestyle modifications and that alone may be enough in your case!

After a lifetime working as a cardiac surgeon, I have never heard of “sternal arthritis”! Do you experience pain when you touch or push a particular area? If so, you may have a condition called “costochondritis“. If you complete this questionnaire, I’ll be be able to analyze your complaints a little better.

Hope this helps,
Dr T

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