Mitral Valve Prolapse
The Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) Program at the Soffer Heart Institute is a comprehensive program dedicated to diagnosing and treating MVP and its associated syndrome. Dr. Soffer has been acutely interested in this common but often misunderstood abnormality since the early 1990’s. In fact, he and his team have authored a book on the subject which is available on www.amazon.com.
Our MVP program is one of only a few in the world that have the experience, knowledge and professional staff capable of comfortably treating patients with MVP and MVP Syndrome. Patients come especially to us for this expertise from all over the world. Our site serves as a blogosphere of patients that have either been treated here, or have found our information useful through the years.
What is Mitral Valve Prolapse?
Mitral Valve Prolapse is a common heart irregularity; it has been estimated to occur in as many as 5% of the American population. The condition is generally not life threatening and the majority of patients have no symptoms. The heart has two valves on each side. The valves purpose is to make sure that blood flows through the heart the right way. They act like a door. Mitral valve prolapse is when the mitral valve flaps do not close properly. As pressure builds inside the left ventricle (chamber) it pushes the mitral valve back (“billow”) into the left atrium (upper chamber) which may cause a small leak Mitral valve prolapse is a common heart irregularity, and is also called the click murmur syndrome due to the click murmur heart sound that can be heard by your doctor.
Symptoms of Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
Fatigue: May be chronic. It is the number one complaints of people with Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome.
Cardiac: Palpitations, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, shortness of breath.
Gastrointestinal: Irritable bowel, spastic colon, esophageal reflux.
Psychological: Mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, feeling of impending doom avoiding certain places or situations, depression and sadness.
Vascular: Cold hands and feet, increases sensitivity to heartbeat and other body functions, such as sounds, smells, and temperature changes.
Headaches: Migraines and other headaches.
Sleep disorders: Inability to fall asleep, problems staying asleep and night time anxiety attacks.
Our Comprehensive Mitral Valve Prolapse Program Services Include:
Physician fees, diagnostic fees and testing fees are covered by most insurance policies.
Your educational session with a licensed counselor on the nature of Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome may also be covered by insurance.