Heart

Mitral Valve Prolapse

What is mitral valve prolapse?

Mitral valve prolapse occurs when the valve between your heart's left upper chamber (left atrium) and the left lower chamber (left ventricle) doesn't close properly. During mitral valve prolapse that valve bulges (prolapses) upward or back into the atrium.

What are the symptoms?

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
  • Swelling in the legs and feet
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness

What treatment option is available?

Mitral valve surgery is used to repair or replace the mitral valve in your heart. You may need surgery on your mitral valve if it has hardened or calcified, preventing blood from moving forward through the valve or if the valve is too loose, allowing blood to flow backwards.

What are the patient outcomes?

The best advocates for the care you can expect from Baptist Health are the patients themselves. Hear success stories from a few of our patients.

Laverne Crandall, Mitral Valve Repair Patient (0:52)

After experiences spells of weakness frequently, Laverne received mitral valve repair at Baptist Health. She is now able to garden, do yard work and fish, two things she loves. Hear her story.

Clarence Crandall, Mitral Valve Replacement Patient (1:19)

Clarence praises Baptist Health for their professional, yet caring hospitality after his mitral valve replacement. Hear his story.