This week on our Instagram Live Erica Dudeck made me the real MVP and interviewed me about my Mitral Valve Prolapse-hahah PUN INTENDED! We discussed some of the symptoms and some simple things that can be done to manage mild MVP. Of course, clear everything with your doctor first but we are here to share and let you know that YOU are NOT ALONE.
According to The US Department of Health and Human Services- Mitral Valve Prolapse is a condition in which the hearts mitral valve doesn't work well. The flaps of the valve are "floppy" and may not close tightly. These flaps normally help seal or open the valve. Much of the time MVP does not cause any problems. Rarely, blood can leak the wrong way through the floppy valve. This can lead to palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain and other symptoms. A normal mitral valve allows blood to glow from the left atrium into the left ventricle but not back the other way. In MVP, when the ventricle contracts, one or both flaps of the mitral valve flop or bulge back (prolapse) into the left atrium. This prevents a tight seal and as a result blood may "regurgitate" or leak from the ventricle into the atrium.
MVP doesn't always cause back flow, Most people who have it don't have this problem or any other related symptoms. BUT-when and if back flow does occur, it can get worse over time and change the hearts size and also raise pressure in the left atrium and lungs. This also raises the risk of heart valve infections.
Interestingly it is found that MVP is found in people of all ages and sexes however certain conditions have been associated with MVP, including:
-History of rheumatic fever
-Connective tissue disorders
-Scoliosis and other skeletal problems
-Some types of muscular dystrophy
While it cannot be prevented as most people who have it are born with it most people who have it don't need treatment. Even those who have symptoms may not need treatment but if needed treatment and surgery are both options,
One common treatment for MVP is beta blockers for palpitations without back flow. IF you have significant back flow your doctor may prescribe blood thinners to reduce the risk of blood clots forming if you have atrial fibrillation. Digoxin to strengthen your heartbeat. Diuretics to remove excess sodium and fluid in your body and lungs. Medicines to regulate your heartbeat and or perhaps Vasodialtors to widen your blood workload,
In more serious cases surgery may be required to repair or replace the mitral valve.
Some supplements that have shown promise is helping manage the symptoms of MVP are Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) 50-100 mg 1-2 times daily and magnesium 200 mg twice daily. This protocol can lessen chest pain, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeats. For those with moderate to severe MVP L-Carnetine (500-1000mg) daily along with D-ribose (5 grams 1-2 times a day) will enhance overall energy and cardiac functioning. 1-2 grams of fish oil daily will help as well in preventing clots and inflammation.
It’s also important to avoid foods that can trigger mitral valve prolapse symptoms, including sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Instead, I recommend following a diet that’s low in sugar like my Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean (PAMM) diet. The PAMM diet also includes many foods that reduce the chronic inflammation component of mitral valve prolapse according to Dr. Stephen Sinatra of healthydirections.com .
I have not eliminated caffeine or alcohol but I have modified my diet and I do exercise and supplement with fish oil, CoQ10 and L-Carnetine and after researching I may add D-ribose...?
If you have MVP, how do you manage it? Are you on medications? Is it easily managed- mild or severe? Share your experiences with our readers! Also, if you have found this article interesting or helpful please share it with your friends and colleagues AND SUBSCRIBE to my future blogs!