Mitral Valve Prolapse

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Mitral Valve Prolapse

Michele Tolliver
Body Systems, LRC Class #1
October 7, 2014
The flow of blood through the heart is controlled by four valves. If any are not working correctly, blood cannot flow or be pumped effectively to the heart. The four valves are: the tricuspid, pulmonary semilunar, mitral, and aortic semilunar. There are many abnormalities or defects that can affect their operation and in this paper, I will discuss the most common one which is a “mitral valve prolapse.” A valvular prolapse is an abnormal protrusion of a heart valve that causes the valve to not close completely. It is also known as “click murmur syndrome” and “Barlow’s syndrome” and is more prevalent in women than men. It has a strong hereditary
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The best treatments may vary but may include: * Exercise * Pain relievers * Daily low dose of aspirin * Relaxation and stress reduction techniques * Avoidance of caffeine and other stimulants
The use of beta-blockers to slow the heart rate may benefit patients who have episodes of tachycardia, or rapid heartbeats, with the mitral valve prolapse. Unless it has progressed to something severe, the patientwill probably not need treatment. If it has become severe, then the patient can benefit from surgery to repair or replace the leaky valve. Although it sounds scary, it is a condition that can be managed quite easily and the patient can live a normal lifestyle without any impairment or major adjustment to your activities.


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