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I was diagnosed about 10 years ago with MVP.  My question is can MVP turn into MVPSclerosis?  I see my cardiologist every year and he does an echo every other year.  Everything has been fine so far.  I am taking Toprol, 50 mg.  Could my condition get worse?  I have been told it is not a life threatening condition.  However, I was just wondering if any other conditions can result from this?  Also, is there anything I can do to prevent the posibility of any further damage and problems?  My father died of congenital heart disease.  There seems to be hereditary evidence of heart problems in conjunction with high blood pressure in my family.  My father's brother died in his twenties of a heart defect.  My grandfather died of a heart attack and my father had a severe heart attack when he was 60 years old that damaged 50% of his heart.

My sister has been diagnosed with a heart murmur, she is 42.  My brother was diagnosed with MVP when he was 45.  I was 38 when I was diagnosed with MVP.  

I would appreciate any advice you can give me to keep me from falling into the heart disease category.  I know exercise, a good diet, avoid high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Anything else?   Thank you
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Most MVP is very mild. Sometimes referred to as a normal variant.

The trouble, when it comes, is due to regurgitation of blood, flow backward from the ventricle into the atrium. Most people with MVP do not have regurgitation beyond the trace level that just about everyone who has an echocardiogram seems to pop up with.

Only a very small percentage of people with MVP may require valve surgery someday.
My son was diagnosed with moderate sclerosis on a valve tip but he has no symptoms bothering him and even he isn't on a med. He has a long time for it to potentially progress- or not.

My guess is that if you do not have MR of any signficance by now you likely never will.  Make sure you have regular exams at the medically appropriate intervals.

You do need to keep an eye on your BP and control your risk factors for CAD because a heart attack can damage the mitral valve for real and then you could have an issue.
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Hi--A big one as far as protecting the heart is stress management. Easier said than done, I know! You might want to post the question about the sclerosis to the doctor. Good luck.  
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