For about 2 years now I have been having symptoms of fluttering heart and heavy heart beat but have not given any attention to it because it would only occur once very couple of weeks or so. Recently the symptoms got worse to the point that I was gasping for air when the fluttering occurred. I went to a cardiologist and the doctor diagnosed me with MVP by using ultrasound and having me squeeze down. When I did this, the mitral valve bent backwards. I explained that when I have the symptoms that I am not squeezing down, but the doctor said that I might be doing that and just don’t know it. Does this sound right? I am on a heart monitor right now because the symptoms do not occur at specific times. Any thoughts?
6 Sep 2012
Not a doctor, but my wife has the same problem. The doctor described it in the same way. In her case he said two things that were important; 1) you have a small heart, that is good; 2) keep your weight down and your heart will stay small. What this meant was that by keeping her heart small she would have fewer problems with her valve and likely never have to have a valve replacement (read my profile and you will know why that does not matter anymore).
I would go back to your cardiologist and ask more questions until you were more comfortable with his diagnosis. It sounds like he has the answers. He just needs to say them to you in a way that works for you (a fault of MANY doctors of all types).
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