Mitral valve prolapse or MVP happens when the valve found between the heart’s upper chamber which is the left atrium and the lower chamber which is the left ventricle does not close securely. When mitral valve prolapse occurs, the leaflets of the mitral valve will swell upward or back into the left atrium as the heart contracts, and sometimes it causes the blood to leak backward into the left atrium which is a condition called as mitral valve regurgitation. If you want to learn more about this condition, read here.
Symptoms of mitral valve prolapse
Symptoms can be considered as mild and develops gradually which includes the following:
- There is dizziness
- There is difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath when lying flat or during physical activity as well as fatigue
- Chest pain but it is not caused by a heart attack or coronary artery disease or an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia
Some people with mitral valve prolapse never developed any complications, but sometimes it can develop such as the following:
- Mitral valve regurgitation is a condition in which the valve leak blood and goes back into the left atrium.
- Irregular heart rhythms or arrhythmias can happen to people with mitral valve prolapse.
- People with mitral valve prolapse can progress to a heart valve infection known as endocarditis while the elderly are more susceptible to this infection.
Treatment using diet and some natural remedies
- Minimize on processed foods and eat raw and fresh foods. Processed foods contain ingredients that make the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse worse.
- Take Vitamin B12 supplements for people with mitral valve prolapse
- Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables to make sure the body gets the basic nutrients that it needs.
- Avoid being stressed by doing yoga which is an effective method for focusing the mind and balance the energies in the body. Tai chi is called “meditation in motion” can also help.
- Minimize using caffeine and sugar since they can over stimulate a person if taken in excess as well as tobacco, alcohol and salt should also be minimized.
- Do some regular exercises every day.
- Take magnesium supplements to minimize the symptoms of abnormal heart rhythms as well as also Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish and fish oil capsules can help reduce the occurrence of heart arrhythmias.
- Using wild flowers to strengthen the natural ability of the body to heal itself, it is also use for stress reduction that is essential for controlling the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse.
- Using an energy healing method called Reiki, helps the body in releasing tension and stress. The Reiki practitioner passes this energy through his or her hands into the patient using massage-like stroke, and brings relaxation and peace and releasing the stored negative energies.
- Managing mitral valve prolapse is for balancing body and mind, proper nutrition and minimizing the symptoms