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What does the treatment for mitral valve prolapse include?

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If no mitral regurgitation is present on echocardiogram, symptoms of mitral valve prolapse rarely pose any risk. The best treatment for each person may vary, but can include:

Beta-blockers, which are medications to slow the heart rate, may be helpful in people who have episodes of palpitations with a rapid heartbeat, known as tachycardia, with mitral valve prolapse.

  • Exercise
  • Pain relievers
  • Relaxation and stress reduction techniques
  • Avoidance of caffeine and other stimulants

From: Mitral Valve Prolapse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 8, 2017

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 8, 2017

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