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Difference between MVP and Mitral Regurgitation

Posted by Dawn Weaver on August 05, 1999 at 09:43:12
A recent Echocardiogram showed that I do not have a MVP (as earlier
thought), but do have some Mitral regurgitation. In addtion, I am being
treated with 75mg of Tenormin daily for an arrhythmia and have been
through two recent episodes of Congestive Heart Failure and am now
on Lasix as well.
Can mild Mitral regurgitation produce similar symptoms as a MVP?
Also, although many tests have been done, the cardiologist can find no
reason for the CHF and thinks that maybe my salt intake may be to blame.
Can salt intake alone cause CHF or does the MR and arrhythmia play a
role in it as well?
I am only 45 years old,  with no previous medical problems at all and
and am baffled that all these problems have come up in the past 2 years.
Thank you for your input.
Dawn Weaver

Posted by CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on August 05, 1999 at 11:01:07
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is due to a "floppy" mitral valve going "backwards" (prolapsing).  It may or may not be associated in regurgitation, which is blood flowing backwards through the valve.  Not all regurgitation is due to MVP.  As for the cause of your heart failure it is possible it is associated with the regurgitation particularly if the regurgitation is severe.  Ask you cardiologist about diastolic dysfunction as this is a commonly overlooked cause of heart failure.
I hope you find this information useful.  Information provided in the heart forum is for general purposes only.  Only your physician can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.  Please feel free to write back with additional questions.
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