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My daughter and her mitral valve disorder

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 3, 2006
  • 11:00 PM

When my daughter was 12, she was diagnosed with a mitral valve disorder which was pretty much blown off as routinely normal in many people. Her symtoms then were the same as the recent ones stated below.
Over the years those symptoms subsided and she continued relatively normal. She had three children, gaining more weight with each one. After her third child at the age of 25 last year, the symptoms returned with a vengeance, but they diagnosed her with anxiety disorder. She now weighs nearly 300#. She says her symptoms were/are a racing heart, dizziness, a feeling of impending doom, thoughts of dying, her eyes dart wildly, heavy sweating, and an overall feeling of near insanity. Could this all be related to a mitral valve deterioration? Or is she really exhibiting all the classic symptoms of an anxiety disorder? She is medicated with Xanex, and Ambilify, which offers some relief, but never total relief. I am terribly worried for her sake.

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  • I have mitral valve prolapse. Anxiety related symptoms are very common with patients who are symptomatic. Is she taking medication for the mitral valve disorder? If not, she should be. Taking the medications will improve blood and oxygen flow through the body and decrease many of these symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 09:43 PM
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  • She really needs to lose weight. This is almost as bad as the mitral valve problem. MVP (mitral valve prolapse) is when the mitral valve bends backwards (prolapses). Many people have this and I agree with Annon about the anxiety that accompanies this. However, MVP leads to MVR (mitral valve regurgitation) sometimes and especially in your daughter's case because her body weight could be deforming to her heart in and of itself. Regurgitation can be moderate or severe. When it happens, blood that should go to the body (brain, big toe, etc) is forced back into the pulmonary vein and resists the blood flow from the right side of the heart. To some degree the left and right side of the heart are pumping against one another. This causes possible pulmonary hypertention, pulmonary edema, formation of blood clots due to stagnant blood, strokes and synscope (fainting) because the blood supply to the brain is inadequate. She needs to have an echocardiogram asap. This is a non-invasive test that can measure the "regurgitant flow", which will determine how severe her MVR and MVP is. The test will also calculate an EF (ejection fraction) which will show the overall performance of her heart. Each of the 4 valves and 4 chambers of the heart will be measured and compared to "norms". She needs to see a cardiologist soon. Good Luck
    Irradiated 23 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 05:14 PM
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