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Mitral Valve Prolapse

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Tired already? You may be suffering from mitral valve prolapse (MVP); a type of incompetence of a heart valve.

Also known as "click murmur syndrome" and "Barlow's syndrome", it is the most common heart valve abnormality. The mitral valve when dysfunctional allows the leakage of blood into the left atrium, which when severe can lead to heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. MVP could be a symptom of underlying heart disease. MVP has hereditary tendency, though the exact cause is unknown. It was once thought to be caused by repeated panic anxiety attacks. Affected family members are often thin, tall with long arms and fingers, and straight backs. It usually affects younger age groups, and most commonly women between and 20 and 40 years old.

Symptoms ::
"Oh-I-tire-so-easily" is the most common complaint. Other symptoms include chest pain, palpitation, dyspnea, headache, sleep disorders, irritable bowel symptoms and vascular symptoms like ankle oedema.

If there's history of heart ailment in you family, consult your doctor immediately.


 
 
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