What is Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome?
Mitral valve prolapse is a heart condition in which one of the heart’s valves, the one separating the left side’s upper and lower chambers, does not close properly. This can, but does not always, cause mitral regurgitation, a scenario in which blood flows backward because the valve isn’t closing fully when the heart contracts.
Fortunately, in most cases, a prolapsed mitral valve is not a problem and does not impact health or function. In fact, many people go undiagnosed until the condition is found incidentally when a physician is diagnosing something else and notices a heart murmur or vibration above the heart. However, in some cases, people demonstrate mitral valve prolapse syndrome, which indicates that mitral regurgitation is taking place. In this scenario, people may experience one or more of the following:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Anxiety attacks
Although a mitral valve prolapse is often harmless, it can cause complications including the symptoms above. In an emergency situation, wearing a heart condition medical ID bracelet is tremendously helpful to EMTs and ER personnel. This way, they know immediately that you have an existing heart condition, and they can offer appropriate treatment rather than starting from scratch, trying to discern the cause of your chest pain, fainting, or heart palpitations.
Do you have a heart condition? Medical ID jewelry from Lauren’s Hope keeps you safe in style!
As Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for Lauren’s Hope, Tara Cohen is often the voice of Lauren’s Hope. Whether she’s writing the Lauren’s Hope blog, crafting a marketing email, or describing a new product, Cohen brings a little personal touch to everything she creates.
Part of the LH team since 2012, Cohen has spent years learning about various medical conditions and what engravings are most helpful for each.
In addition to her years of experience at Lauren’s Hope and all of the research she puts into writing for LH, Cohen draws on her own life experiences to bring a human touch to the LH blog.