By Biscuit25 Latest Reply 2011-07-05 23:05:38 -0500
Started 2011-06-24 13:58:42 -0500

Has anyone every had surgery for mvp

6 replies

L.E.D 2011-07-05 23:05:38 -0500 Report

Hello! I had my valve replaced a little over two years ago and it has been a world of difference for me! I am able to do the simple things my MVP was not allowing me to do like climb stairs or take long walks. I too had a mechanical valve and am on blood thinners for the rest of my life but would not change having the surgery for anything. I feel so much better and am glad my quality of life has greatly improved.

cherokeeBlonde 2011-06-27 17:37:45 -0500 Report

Hello, Well I was born with transpostion of the great vessels, among several other heart conditions. I have went through 17 majoy open heart surgeries since the age of 2, never had the transpositon corrected, I have had several doctors try and argue the fact with me that if it was not repaired I would be dead. of course was not suppose to live past age 16 at the most well im going on 47 in two months, and still going strong. My body is just the way god made me, medically and scienctifcally they say its impossible im alive, ok I say than why am I here. ? anyhow I had my Mitral Valve replaced, which is actually in the Tricuspid Valve's Positon, sounds strange but hey I work that way. So i dont know how serious your MVP is but I do know that when they go to replace it you usually have a couple choices , of what type, mine is Mechanical, which means I have to take blood thinners the rest of my life and also monitor it with blood tests frequently. Which sucks but hey got to do what I have to. anyhow at the time of my replacement surgery my doctor told me he really wanted to put the mechanical one, however he was very nervous about it since I had a habit of not taking my medication sometimes and the blood thinner I could not do that with, I had to take it. so he had the choice of a pigs valve which he almost did, but I promised to take my blood thinner, the mechanical valve is made out of titanium and you can hear it go click click sounds like wind up alarm clock took a couple years to get use to it. Now I dont hear it to often, sometimes I do. they say the mechanical one lasts longer. So far not alot of problems with the valve it is showing some wear now but I have had it since 1990, and now I know that they are usually good for at least 10 years well I am now going on 21 years and it still works and im ok. when I asked why I was told it would last a life time, the response I had gotten was well we never expected you to live more than another 10 years so it would of been a lifetime, heehehh, well I showed them. any how chose wisely and ask your doctor all and any questions you have about a surgery for MVP and try not to have fear stand in the way of your life. believe me Im suppose to be dead years and years ago, and im not, and I am completly 100% battery operated I have no heart beat without a pacemaker, which I have had since I was 12 years old, so trust that even the worse scene they paint for you dont ever give up cuz I am proof that no one knows your time to go to god, only god, so dont let fear get in the way of living.

srt35 2011-06-24 16:08:24 -0500 Report

What is MVP?

HeartHawk 2011-06-24 23:04:27 -0500 Report


Good question! MVP stands for Mitral Valve Prolapse. The mitral valve regulates blood flow from the heart's left atrium (top chamber) into the left ventricle (lower chamber) where it is pumped through the aortic valve into the aorta and out to the body. The mitral valve closes when the left ventricle contracts to prevent reverse flow of blood back into the left atrium instead of through the aortic valve. It got its name due to the fact that it looks somewhat like a bishops mitre (hat).

A mitral valve prolapse is a condition where the mitral valve does not close properly and and allows blood to regurgitate from the left ventricle back into the left atrium. It's severity is related to the amount of regurgitation or backflow the prolapse allows.

I was originally diagnosed with MVP which was subsequently downgraded to a "slight mitral valve insufficiency" as better echocardiograms became available (years ago it was estimated that 38% of the population had MVP because of poor echo technology).

For most people MVP is relatively benign depending on severity although there is some evidence to suggest it can cause palpitations, anxiety, and endocarditis. Of course, in severe cases in can cause all the symptoms normally associated with poor blood flow and low ejection fractions. It has also been implicated in atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death.


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