Mitral Valve Prolapse is a congenital condition that many live with, yet are unaware of its existence. That was my case until I turned 25 years old. A cardiologist, after a battery of tests, diagnosed me with it. The following is a short account of my discovery of the condition, the symptoms I experienced, and how I coped with the newly found information.
I Have Mitral Valve Prolapse
I was working late one night when I blacked out. I woke up on the floor surrounded by several persons. I was told that one second I was talking, yet the next, I collapsed to the floor. I did not think much of it and refused medical attention. I figured I was exhausted from the late night hours.
A few days later, it happened again. This time, I became concerned. I visited my doctor. He referred me to a cardiologist for further evaluation. After x-rays, blood tests, 24-hour heart monitor, stress test, and echocardiogram, the cardiologists explained I had Mitral Valve Prolapse.
What is Mitral Valve Prolapse?
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute describe it, as “Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a condition in which the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t work well. The flaps of the valve are “floppy” and don’t close tightly. These flaps normally help seal or open the valve.
Much of the time, MVP doesn’t cause any problems. Rarely, blood can leak the wrong way through the floppy valve. This can lead to palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, and other symptoms.”
Symptoms and Treatment
A couple of years after my diagnosis, I started experiencing palpitations and sudden chest pain. The cardiologist determined I needed to take medication to alleviate the condition. I was prescribed the Medication Calan, a calcium blocker. To this day, I continue to take it.
Other prevention treatments needed were antibiotic medications when I underwent Dental treatment, minor, and major surgeries. According to the American Heart Association, they are no longer needed.
Coping with Mitral Valve Prolapse
One thing I had to do was take my medication each day, visit a cardiologist every year, undergo stress tests, and watch out for any new symptoms. I am 51 years old and have not had any new symptoms. The fact that I have followed the doctor’s advice has helped my condition not progress.
A fact of Mitral Valve Prolapse is that many never experience any symptoms, while others do. Some never worsen, while others, after many years, do undergo surgery. The most important aspect of coping with Mitral Valve Prolapse is to be informed, visit a cardiologist, and follow all of the instructions.