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.