Mitral Valve Prolapse

What is Mitral Valve Prolapse ?

Your heart is divided into four chambers: two small upper chambers, called the right and left atria; and two larger, more muscular, lower chambers, called the right and left ventricles. Between the atria and the ventricles are one-way valves that allow blood to flow from the atrium down into the ventricle, but not the other way. The valve dividing the left chambers is called the mitral valve. As many as 10% of the American population has a mitral valve that is either overly large or overly lax and billows out as it opens and shuts. This condition, called mitral valve prolapse, usually causes a click or a click and a murmur whoosh that your physician can hear with a stethoscope. You may have no symptoms from the "floppy" mitral valve, or you may have occasions of heart-fluttering sensations, skipped beats, breathlessness, and fatigue, especially with exercise. Sometimes your physician may prescribe medications to control rhythm problems, such as rapid heartbeat, but nutrition can help. Let's see how.

Mitral Valve ProlapseWhat helps Mitral Valve Prolapse ?

• Low levels of red blood cell magnesium occur in many people with mitral valve prolapse. There is a strong suggestion in the medical research that the deficiency of magnesium may be a contributing factor to the development of unpleasant symptoms in some people with floppy valves, while others remain happily symptomfree. Recommendation: Take a chelated magnesium, such as magnesium aspartate, in a dose of 250 mg twice a day for a minimum of 8 weeks to assess your response. Be certain to take the chelated form of magnesium, or to take a combined calcium and magnesium supplement to prevent competition for entry into your body by these two very similar minerals.

•  L-carnitine has proven effective in treating the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse in some people. Recommendation: Take 1 gram of l-carnitine 3 times daily for 6 to 8 weeks to assess your response. If your symptoms improve, continue the dose for 4 months.

•  In two scientific studies, coenzyme Ql0 proved to relieve the symptoms of mitral valve prolapse in children without side effects. When the study participants stopped taking the nutrient before 18 months, their symptoms returned. Those children who continued to take the drug did not have a relapse. Although the researchers did the study on children, the same strategy should be valid for adults as well. Recommendation: Take coenzyme Q10 in a dose of 2 to 3 mg per kilogram of body weight per day. Remember that 1 kilogram equals 2.2 pounds, so divide your weight in pounds by 2.2 to calculate your weight in kilograms. Then multiply the number of kilograms by 2 or 3 mg to get your daily dose. (In this particular instance, you can simply take a dose equal to about 1 mg per pound of your body weight and it will be very close.)

Mitral Valve Prolapse Herbal remedies

• Purslane contains an abundance of magnesium. You can cook purslane like spinach and eat it several times daily. It's good raw in salads, too.

• Other good sources of magnesium are poppy seeds, oats, cowpeas, and spinach.

What makes Mitral Valve Prolapse worse?

• Caffeine is a stimulant to the heart and will cause fluttering and racing in some people. If you feel that you notice more skipping and fluttering when you drink too much caffeine, you may want to decaffeinate your life. Recommendation: To kick the caffeine habit and avoid the terrible headache and sleepiness that often accompany caffeine withdrawal, follow the gradual reduction regimen we have outlined for you under Breast Disease, Benign. By taking it slow and easy, you should be able to wean yourself off caffeine without misery.



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