Palpitations and Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)

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Palpitations and Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)

Submitted by Dr T on July 16, 2011 – 6:41am

I am a 40 yr old female. I’m 5’3″ and weigh 128 lbs. I do not smoke. I do drink wine occasionally. I exercise 4-5 days a week. Avid runner. My blood pressure is always low (90/60) and cholesterol at last reading was 138. Recently I have been having heart palpitations.
Chalked it up to stress. Palpitations continued so I was referred to a cardiologist. Had Halter test and ultra sound. Ultra sound revealed two leaky valves. Halter test recorded the palpitations that occurred throughout the night. The cardiologist asked if I have been tired lately. Actually dozed while driving to his office (not good). He recommended a sleep study to determine if I have sleep apnea. How does two leaky valves, heart palpitations and tiredness lead to sleep apnea and do I have anything to worry about?

The sleep apnea has yet to be confirmed. You only know about the two leaky valves, heart palpitations and fatigue.

To me it sounds like Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP). Most people with MVP have no symptoms, however, those who do commonly complain of symptoms such as fatigue, palpitations, chest pain, anxiety, and migraine headaches:

As you can read, most patients don’t need treatment. For others, medications and with severe valve leakage, surgery, is sometimes needed. I blogged about this before:

Hope this helps,
Dr T

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