Mitral Valve Prolapse | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • How did I get mitral valve prolapse? Was I born with it?
  • Is it life threatening?
  • Do I need to make any changes to my lifestyle, such as diet or exercise?
  • What are some symptoms that would indicate my condition is getting worse?
  • Am I at risk for bacterial endocarditis?
  • If so, what kind of medical or dental procedures put me at risk for infection?
  • Will I need antibiotics before I have one of these procedures?


Current Management of Mitral Valve Prolapse by DP Bouknight, MD; RA O'Rourke, MD (American Family Physician June 01, 2000,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00