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Mitral Valve Prolapse - Living With Mitral Valve Prolapse

Most people with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) have no symptoms and do not need treatment for their condition. Your doctor will advise you to exercise regularly, especially if you do not have symptoms. Controlling your weight and blood pressure as well as eating a healthy diet are important. These healthy habits are part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.

A healthy lifestyle is also important if you have complications of mitral valve prolapse. People who have heart palpitations can try lifestyle changes to help, such as limiting alcohol and caffeine, not smoking, and avoiding secondhand smoke.

If you do not have other heart problems or an artificial heart valve, antibiotics are not recommended before dental or medical procedures. In the past, antibiotics were given before certain procedures to people who had MVP to help prevent an infection in the heart called endocarditis. But MVP does not raise your risk enough that you need antibiotics for prevention.

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Last Updated: January 23, 2013
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