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Mitral Valve Prolapse - When to Call a Doctor

Call911or other emergency services immediately if you have:

Call a doctor immediately if you have mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and you have:

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  • Symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath at rest, with mild exertion, while lying down, or that wakes you from sleep, and leg swelling.
  • Symptoms of infection, such as a fever with no other obvious cause. Be alert for signs of infection if you recently had any dental, diagnostic, or surgical procedure.
  • Irregular heartbeats and have started having fainting episodes (syncope) or you notice an increase in fainting episodes.

Call your doctor for an appointment if you have noticed new symptoms or an increase in symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain, palpitations, or shortness of breath.
  • A decreased ability to exercise at your usual level.
  • Excessive fatigue (without another reason).

Who to see

The following health professionals can evaluate symptoms that may be related to mitral valve prolapse and can order the tests you may need:

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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