Heart & Cardiology/Mitral valve prolapse

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Hello,

My mom has been diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse for most of her adult life, and it seems as if I've inherited it.  I had a doctor that heart a murmur years ago, but she wasn't concerned.  In the last few years I have had symptoms similar to those my mom experiences including valve regurgitation and chest pains.  Recently I've been forced to to lots of heavy lifting at work, and I'm noticing I'm having shortness of breath and lightheadedness when I bend over.  Most recently my face became really red, I had shortness of breath and a slight headache.  I've neglected getting the syndrome diagnosed because I've managed it fine through the years and other doctors never heard the murmur.  Should I be more worried?  Should I be limiting the lifting?

Thank you for your time.

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Hi, http://myheart.net/articles/mitral-valve-prolapse-explained/

I think its reasonable to have a basic check up that includes an echocardiogram since you are having symptoms such a shortness of breath. I doubt mitral valve prolapse is causing these symptoms as that would typically present with exertional symptoms and fatigue. Ive added a few link above regarding mitral valve prolapse. In terms of being worried, your symptoms should be checked out but don't sound overly concerning.\\

Hope that was helpful,

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Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Hypertension, Pulmonary Embolism, Structural and Valve Disease

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