When patients see an ultrasound of the heart in the conclusion – mitral valve prolapse – many panic.
It occurs in 10-15% of the population of our country. Don’t panic! Until you knew that you have this deviation from the norm, was everything good? Sometimes it’s just a coincidence. This is not a verdict, and this diagnosis does not even always require treatment.
Mitral valve prolapse is one manifestation of connective tissue dysplasia syndrome. In this case, there is a slight increase in the elasticity of body tissues. Regarding the mitral valve, its cusps and chords can be lengthened, and due to this, according to ECHO, cusps sagging – prolapse is observed.
Prolapse can be suspected with auscultation (listening to heart sounds). We hear a certain click and then a little noise.But most reliably it can be seen by ultrasound of the heart.
Patients usually describe a variety of complaints:
- Various pains in the region of the heart;
- Palpitations and interruptions in the work of the heart;
- Fainting and light-headedness;
- Increased fatigue;
- Shortness of breath, feeling of incomplete inhalation.
Agree that these symptoms can be with many other pathologies and it is not necessary to feel them precisely because of the mitral valve prolapse? What is important?
Dynamic observation. In order not to miss the possible progression of prolapse, it is necessary to control ultrasound of the heart once a year and consult a cardiologist.
What do we have to do?
Lead a normal life. Introduce moderate systematic physical activity, eat right and do not forget about good rest.
What to exclude?
overwork, excessive psycho-emotional and physical stress. Don’t think you’re a terminally ill person
Naturally, everything that is written above concerns the prolapse of the mitral valve of 1-2 degrees, which does not require special drug treatment and surgical intervention.
In the presence of mitral insufficiency, 3 tbsp. consultation of a cardiac surgeon is required.
The very fact of such a defect does not always require surgery. Some patients are followed up for 7-10 years.
It is necessary to understand that for a better consultation and a safe operation, you need to contact only trusted specialists who have many years of experience in operating operating rooms. The excellent surgeon Vladimir Stefanov, who is a specialist in his field and has world-class practical knowledge, can always help you with this.