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What are other symptoms associated with mitral valve prolapse?

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Mitral valve prolapse has also been associated with other symptoms:

  • Fluttering or rapid heartbeat called palpitations
  • Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
  • Dizziness
  • Passing out or fainting , known as syncope
  • Panic and anxiety
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet

When these symptoms occur together, they are sometimes called mitral valve prolapse syndrome. However, experts don't know if mitral valve prolapse itself causes these symptoms. Since these symptoms and mitral valve prolapse are so common, they could often occur together by chance.

SOURCES:

Freed, L. New England Journal of Medicine, 1999; vol 341: pp 1-7.

Flack, J. American Heart Journal, 1999; vol 138: pp 486-492.

Bonow, R. Circulation, 2008; vol 118: pp 523-661.

Boudoulas, H. American Heart Journal, 1989; vol 118: pp 796-818.

Avierinos, J. Circulation, 2002; vol 106: pp 1355-1361.

Wilson, W. Circulation, 2007; vol 116: pp 1736-1754.

Vahanian, A. European Heart Journal, 2007; vol 28: pp 230-268.

Libby, P. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007.

Delling, F. Circulation, 129: pp 2158-2170.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Freed, L. New England Journal of Medicine, 1999; vol 341: pp 1-7.

Flack, J. American Heart Journal, 1999; vol 138: pp 486-492.

Bonow, R. Circulation, 2008; vol 118: pp 523-661.

Boudoulas, H. American Heart Journal, 1989; vol 118: pp 796-818.

Avierinos, J. Circulation, 2002; vol 106: pp 1355-1361.

Wilson, W. Circulation, 2007; vol 116: pp 1736-1754.

Vahanian, A. European Heart Journal, 2007; vol 28: pp 230-268.

Libby, P. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007.

Delling, F. Circulation, 129: pp 2158-2170.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 15, 2020

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