The Family Health Guide

When You Visit Your Doctor - Mitral Valve Prolapse

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Have you had an echocardiogram?
  • What did it show?
  • Does your mitral valve leak?
  • Do you get chest pain?
  • What brings it on?
  • How long does it last?
  • What relieves it?
  • Do you ever get a rapid or pounding heartbeat (palpitations) for no reason?
  • How long does it last?
  • Do you feel faint or develop chest pain or shortness of breath?
  • Have you ever fainted?
  • Do you get short of breath when you lie down or exert yourself?
  • Do you have sudden brief episodes of blindness (like a shade being pulled over your eyes), or sudden episodes of weakness in an arm or leg, or difficulty speaking?
  • Do you know if you should take antibiotics before going to the dentist?
  • Have they ever been recommended to you?
  • Have you ever taken any medications for your heart?
  • Did you develop any side effects from these medications?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Heart rate, blood pressure, and weight
  • Major arteries (for abnormal noises and strength of the arterial pulsation)
  • Heart (sometimes while you are standing, squatting, or performing other maneuvers)
  • Lungs

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Electrocardiogram (see p. 135)
  • Echocardiogram (see p. 665)
  • Holter monitor or event monitor (see p. 680)