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National Library of Medicine. Mitral valve prolapse resource
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Mitral valve prolapse.
Wells HF, Buzby JC. Dietary Assessment
of Major Trends in U.S. Food Consumption, 1970-2005. USDA
Economic Research Service: Washington DC, 2008.
Mitral valve prolapse is a bulging of the valve between the left
atrium and left ventricle. Most people with the condition need no
treatment and can expect to have a normal life span, though in
certain cases the valve can start to leak.
Americans eat too much fat and refined sugar, and not enough
vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fish. Making some conscious
substitutions and food choices can promote heart health.
Atrial fibrillation occurs when the heart receives an overload of
signals telling it to beat, causing an irregular rhythm. It can
be caused by a number of conditions including high blood
pressure, heart failure, a viral infection, or stress.
People with peripheral artery disease will most likely benefit
from an exercise regimen, regardless of whether or not they are
experiencing the leg pain that frequently accompanies the
If a person who is having a heart attack is not breathing but
occasionally gasps for air, CPR should still be administered. In
the first few minutes after an attack, it is more important to
focus on chest compressions.
Brief updates on a possible link between too little sleep and
heart disease, higher blood pressure in winter, and the danger of
fat around the heart.
My doctor told me I should think about having a procedure
something like angioplasty to stop my atrial fibrillation. Can
you tell me more?
At 78 years old, I am in pretty good shape. A couple of years
ago, an echocardiogram showed a small leak in my mitral valve. A
year later, a follow-up test showed some leakage in my tricuspid
valve. The valves aren’t causing me any problems right now, but
how will I know if they need to be repaired? I like to exercise,
but don’t want to make these valve problems worse. Is it okay for
me to walk on a treadmill at a speed of 3 to 4 miles an hour or
lift light weights?
I have been arguing with a friend about whether the statin drugs
lower blood pressure. Do they, or don't they?