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Posted by allison on October 24, 2000 at 11:40:53:

In Reply to: Re: it...DETERIORATING?!? posted by SARA on August 04, 2000 at 15:27:33:

i can relate. i often sit and begin to wonder if my mvp is worsening when my symptoms get real bad, that maybe my valve is leaking too much blood, maybe my heart is working too hard as a result, trying to compensate, and i'll end up a rare statistic due to sudden cardiac death. but, all of this is BAD! and it does nothing but worsen mvp symptoms with ANXIETY!

i can also relate to the increased pvcs when standing up from sitting, etc. i'm very active and this is still a major problem for me. i'm going to give some supplements a try and see what happens. good luck with the doctor.

: : Hi everybody. I am a 30 year old female. I found out I have MVPS when I was 21. And for the last 9 years I've been putting up with the occasional nighttime anxiety attacks, worrisome palpitations, chest pains, shakiness, and lots of other symptoms that go along with it. I remember about 5 years ago it was really bad. The palpitations I mean. I smoked of course which didn't help. But the palpitations were going crazy! If I sat down on the ground, and then got up to a standing position, my heart would start pumping really really strong thumps and reminded me of an old 70's type junker pickup truck (no offense if you drive one!!) trying to start up first thing on a cold morning! Scary! And I was only 25! Well, that was because I was S-E-D-E-N-T-A-R-Y! NO excersize does a heart BAD! Well, that and smoking! Anyway, I just quit smoking for the new millenium...haven't had a cigarrette since way back in the 19 hundreds! I smoked 15 years. And I drink caffeinne and sugar like there's no tommorrow. I'm sure I've created a lot of havoc in my heart. Anyway, the thing is, this girl at my work, she's 37 and has a faulty pace maker that wants to crap out on her and she's having a lot of spells where she gets rushed off to the's scary seeing it. She told me she has something and I can't remember the name of it, and she ALSO has MVPS. She took medicine for it for a year and it helped. I've been having very specific pains in my heart area for about a month now...and it's causing me a great deal of anxiety and concern because I'm afraid maybe my mitral valve is just ready to...well...COLLAPSE on me or something. Anyway, the medicine she took was a steriod that made her gain oodles of weight...and I've heard of it being treated for lots of different things and the stuff is HORRIBLE if it's the same stuff. I've read somewhere that when on it, if you eat when you're hungry, you'll never stop! Yikes! But it made her pains go away. Anyway, the pain I'm experiencing is right in the area of my I really believe it's something with my mitral valve...and it feels like a burning sensation. Does ANYBODY here have that feeling? Know anything about it? I made an appointment for the doctor's office...but can't get in until NEXT WEEK...and I'd love to hear from someone with a bit of previous knowledge or any ideas? Thank you thank you thank you for any replies...I very very much appreciate them!

: I have been diagnosed with MVP. I am only 22 and I can't even explain the pain it causes me. It's like a crushing sensation. I feel like there is a hand sqeezing my heart so bad it hurts to breathe. I take Slo mag. it's a form of magnesium that has seriously helped my heart. I don't have nearly as much pain, I still have some but that could be becuase I smoke as well, and live in CO. I know the altitude affects my heart. All I can say is maybe try the slo mag and see if it helps. It did for me. I hope this is all it will take and that over the years this will not progress into a serious heart condition. My prayers are with you I know the feeling of living in pain everyday of my life.

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