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.
A healthy lifestyle is also important if
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.
Take care of your teeth to help prevent an infection in the heart called endocarditis. If you do not take care of your teeth, bacteria in your mouth might move into your bloodstream to your heart. These bacteria can cause an infection around your mitral valve. Brush and
floss regularly, and visit the dentist twice a year. If you wear dentures, check your gums
often for sores or signs of irritation. Before you have dental or medical procedures, tell your doctor or dentist that you
have mitral valve prolapse. If you do not have other heart problems or an artificial heart valve, you will not need to take antibiotics before dental or medical procedures.