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Re: mitral valve prolapse/regurgitatoin

Re: mitral valve prolapse/regurgitatoin

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Posted by Ken on November 02, 2000 at 19:29:44:

In Reply to: mitral valve prolapse/regurgitatoin posted by NancyG on November 02, 2000 at 14:19:27:

: I'm a 41f and just fuund out that I have severe regurgition of the mitral valve. So far I'm taking Antelnol and Accupril. From what I've read. This condition doesn't get better on its own. So far my heart is still a normal size. anyone have any good linis or info on the subject. What should I not do with these symtoms.. I have an appoint in 10 days they don't tell me alot. Maybe I will need an angiogramm to determine my heart pressure. And possible repair of the valve.

More likely, you will have an Echocardiogram taken to diagnose the condition of your mitral valve. An angiogram is done to analyze any blockages in your arteries although they may do that also depending on the risk factors you have for heart disease.

One of the best sources for possible questions you might have is the web site of The American Heart Assn. located at http://www.americanheart.org. Use their Heart & Stroke A-Z Guide and look up the info given on MVP and info on heart valves, etc.

If it comes to replacing your mitral valve with a pig valve or an artificial mitral valve, I know many people through my heart support work that get along fine when their mitral valves are replaced. However, if you have an artificial mitral valve installed, you will have to be on a "blood thinner", such as Coumadin, the rest of your life.

Ken




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