Symptoms of mitral valve prolapse (MVP) include:
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue, especially with exercise
Researchers used to believe that as many as 35 percent of the American population had MVP, a condition in which one valve in the heart closes, but then bulges backward slightly. Now researchers believe that fewer than 5 percent of the population has this syndrome, although women get it three times as often as men. MVP is rarely dangerous, but because it has been linked to heart infection, stroke, and cardiac arrest, ask your doctor if you think you have any of the above symptoms. In some cases, MVP has no symptoms, but can be caught during a routine check-up.
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