bucci, I surely do not know the answers to your questions. I am not up to date on mitral valve prolapse. I have not seen a Dr regarding this for almost 30 years when I was Dx. Thus, I added it to my 1972 tick bite in my signature, because after a lot of research on lyme I noted that Lyme can cause MVP and/or cause heart problems. And the MVP just happened to be diagnosed within a few years of a really nasty tick bite that made me extremely sick.
I do not know if it is hereditary, but will say I have a very large family and no one, that I know of, has MVP. My mother did have a heart condition appx 23 yrs ago that almost killed her. (I do not remember what it was, it was whatever killed the friend in 'Beaches'). She (Mom) is now 80 and very healthy. I'm not sure, but I do not believe that her illness was related at all to MVP.
Bucci, from what I am learning and/or understanding about
Lyme (AND other diseases), I have to say that from what I have found, Lyme can cause MVP. However, that does not mean that MVP indicates or diagnoses Lyme.
Mother, I think if you'll look at the previous posts you'll get a good enough idea of the symptoms of MVP. I did not go to my Dr almost 30 yrs ago w/ the complaints, because I believed my smoking was causing me to feel as if I was going to have a heart attack when preparing to swim or walk. That or my hypoglycemia.
But my family Dr is the one that suspected it after listening to my heart. AT least back then, a stethoscope was not enough to Dx, so he asked me to have an ultra sound. Even tho I did not fully understand it, I did see that one of my valves did not close all the way after the blood was rushed in or out. That is all that it is. A valve does not fully close after the blood has rushed in or out.
Back then, my Dr told me it was fairly common, esp amongst women. I think it was 1 or 2 in 10.
Symptoms are: Pounding heart ( you can almost hear it!), palpatations, and very weird but distinct feelings as if your heart has done a sommersault, has skipped a beat or 2, is racing, or feels like it (heart) is about
to jump out of your skin.
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia, chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
Bit Mother's Day 2007: Lyme, Babesia microti, hypothyroidism, EBV, HHV6, Parvovirus B19, low adrenals &misc other hormones, depression, anxiety, more of the above.