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Mitral Valve Prolapse and Palpitations

Posted By Faith on November 22, 1998 at 12:36:32:

I was diagnosed six years ago at age 24, with Mitral Valve Prolapse with mild regurgitation.
I take antibiotics before all dental procedures.  The only symptom I
have is palpitations. They are mainly premature atrial contractions, which sometimes
last throughout the whole day.  I have learned to deal with this, and I
am on Tenormin 50mg/day.  I am very curious about something, and I have been
too embarrassed to ask my cardiologist!  Here goes - why is it that certain
positions cause the extra heartbeats? For example, laying on my left side, or bending
forward to pick something up?  Also, if I get heartburn, or burp a lot, I experience the
PAC's more often.  This is just so strange, is it a physiologic response? Also,
Can PAC'S or PVC's ever lead to a more dangerous arrhythmia when they occur often, or in pairs?
Thanks for your time, and for all of the information you have posted about Mitral Valve Prolapse.
It has been very helpful.  
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