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3. Any known symptoms or complications arisen from mitral valve
prolapse (MVP)?
(Mitral valve prolapse; Barlow syndrome; Floppy mitral valve; Myxomatous mitral valve;
syndrome)





Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a heart problem in which the valve that separates the
upper and lower chambers of the left side of the heart does not close properly.  The
mitral valve helps blood on the left side of the heart flow in one direction. It closes to
keep blood from moving backwards when the heart beats (contracts).

MVP can be caused by many different factors. In most cases, it is harmless and
patients usually do not know they have the problem. As much as 10% of the population
has some minor, insignificant form of MVP, but it does not generally affect their
lifestyle.  Women tend to have MVP more often than men. Mitral valve prolapse often
affects thin women who may have minor chest wall deformities, scoliosis, or other
disorders. In a small number of cases, the prolapse can cause blood to leak backwards.
This is called regurgitation.

Individuals with Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome seem to be at higher risk to develop
panic disorder than the general population.  Panic disorder is a fairly common
psychiatric problem.  It is probably the most frequently reported psychiatric syndrome
associated with Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome.

In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) has announced that it recognizes a
connection between panic attacks and mitral valve prolapse. However, the AHA does
not distinctly describe or fully understand the connection. According to the AHA,
researchers suggest this heart valve problem can cause a dysfunction in the autonomic
nervous system.
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More reading on mitral valve prolapse:

(1) General information about MVP
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mitral-valve-prolapse/DS00504

(2)
A patient's live experience in panic disorder and MVP
http://panicanddepression.blogspot.com/2008/08/mitral-valve-prolapse-and-panic.html

(3)
The Society for Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome and Dysautonomia
http://www.mitralvalveprolapse.com/anxietypanicdisorder.html
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