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How do I live with mitral valve prolapse?

Most people who have mitral valve prolapse (MVP) have no symptoms or problems, need no treatment, and are able to lead normal, active lives. When present, symptoms and complications most often can be controlled with medicines.
Some people may need heart valve surgery to relieve their symptoms and prevent complications. Rarely, MVP can result in arrhythmias and other complications.
Ongoing Care
If you have MVP, it's important to get ongoing care. See your doctor if your symptoms worsen.
Take steps to try to prevent infective endocarditis (IE), an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers and valves. Tell your doctors and dentists that you have MVP. Floss and brush your teeth regularly. Gum infections and tooth decay can cause IE. Call your doctor if you have any signs of infection, such as sore throat, general body aches, or fever.
Take all of your medicines as your doctor prescribes, including blood-thinning and high blood pressure medicines.
Make healthy lifestyle choices. For example, avoid smoking and your doctor may advise you to stop taking birth control pills; both can raise your risk for blood clots. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about programs and products that can help you quit. Also, try to avoid secondhand smoke.
Talk to your doctor about how much and what types of physical activity are safe for you. Also, ask your doctor whether you need to make any changes to your diet.
This answer from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

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