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Re: Mistral Valve Prolapse

Re: Mistral Valve Prolapse

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Posted by Wanda on July 24, 2000 at 08:16:28:

In Reply to: Mistral Valve Prolapse posted by Suzy Hinds on July 21, 2000 at 11:32:06:

: My doctor has told me, last week that i have Mistral Valve Prolapse, and want to put me on Beta Blocker. I have heard it give bad dreams, headaches, causes problems sleeping...... Is it worth it? Are there other options, other than "just living with it"?

Why specifically does your doctor what you to take a beta blocker? Are you having problems with rapid heart beat associated with your MVP? Palpitations? I have MVP and took beta blockers for just under a year and I can't really say that it caused those types of symptoms because I was having them before. And, some people with MVP/MVPS have those symptoms anyway. I've read that it could cause headaches and dizziness...I think it causes the dizziness or lightheadedness because it lowers you blood pressure. Some say add a little more salt to your diet to increase your blood volume and drink at least 64 oz of water daily to reduce symptoms. I didn't want to rely on medication so I decided not to take the beta blockers anymore and my cardiologist was okay with that but wants me to keep the Atenolol incase I have an episode of rapid heart beat. But, I think it is worth taking if you are experiencing bothersome symptoms. I remember having cold sensations in my chest...a very strange feeling...and my primary physician thought it was associated with my MVP and suggested that I start taking the beta blocker that my cardiologist had prescribed. I did and I noticed improvement. My cardiologist said when he gave me the beta blocker that I probably would not have to take it very long. I honestly believe that my MVP symptoms came to be because of an extended period of stress and not handling it well. I've known of my MVP for about 1 1/2 years, but I'm sure I've had it for much much longer. I just started experiencing symptoms that ultimately led to my diagnosis. Fortunately, I am doing much better now...and the most noticeable symptom is my rapid heart rate...sometimes it goes over 100, but my normal resting heart rate is 88. Hope this helps.

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