Mitral Valve Prolapse | Treatment

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How is mitral valve prolapse treated?

Most people who have mitral valve prolapse don't need any treatment. Only about 2 of every 100 people who have this condition have complications. Your doctor will tell you if you need treatment.

Some people who have mitral valve prolapse have to limit participation in competitive sports. If your mitral valve prolapse causes chest pain or other symptoms, your doctor might prescribe medicines such as beta blockers to make your symptoms better. Some people need surgery to fix the valve.

In serious cases of mitral valve prolapse, infection (called bacterial endocarditis) can occur in the valve after surgery or dental work. If you have mitral valve prolapse, check with your doctor before dental work (including professional teeth cleaning) or other medical procedures. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics prior to the procedure to protect against infection.

Source

Current Management of Mitral Valve Prolapse by DP Bouknight, MD; RA O'Rourke, MD (American Family Physician June 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000601/3343.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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