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   Posted 12/10/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from mitral valve prolapse and anxiety/panic attacks. I'm wondering what others do to cope with a racing heart beat and/or skipping beats. I need ideas! Thank you!

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   Posted 12/10/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have MVP & get alot of PVC's & panic attacks.  I found a breathing program that has helped alot with the panic attacks, because they often happen when you breathe too fast/hyperventillate.  here are the directions:
Start counting at a steady pace (seconds are good) & say: Breathe in, 2, 3 Then pause 1 beat & say & out, 2, 3, 4
Try to think of peacefull comforting, happy thoughts & repeat the counting/breathing as many times as needed.

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   Posted 12/17/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Mitral Valve prolapse interupts my life allllll the time!  I throw PVC's like crazy and have for many, many years.  And, they are just as scary now as when they were when they 1st started.  I can just breathe in sometimes and feel my skip or pause whatever it is that it does.  I HATE IT!  My family Dr. just put me on Tenormin ( a beta blocker)because it is interfering with my life now.  It makes me very tired, too. 
I've had lots of problems the last few months....from h pylori infection that I've done 4 rounds of antibiotics to treat--- to finding out the pain in the front chest and middle back is coming from two bulging discs in my neck!  And, to top it all off, my B12 is VERY low, so the neurologist started me on B12 shots this week! 
Back to the Mitral valve thing--- heard there is a surgery --ablasion i think it is--that really has helped some people.  Only thing is, I just spoke to a woman from here, and she said they took her, prepped her, and her heart would not do it after they had "relaxed" her, so they did not get to burn the places that needed corterized (not sure if i spelled that right).  But, I am thinking about that in the future...I'm only 38 and I have had this since my 20's and I am soo tired of it.  It seems the older I get, the worse it is FOR ME.
So sorry and I hope this helps some....

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   Posted 12/17/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   


Although the relationship is not clear, many MVPers suffer from anxiety or panic attacks. The symptoms described are more consistent with panic disorder, the anxiety disorder studied most often in MVP patients. People have recurrent, spontaneous anxiety attacks that consist of various combinations of symptoms similar to some MVPS symptoms. These symptoms include: fatigue, fainting, dizziness, chest pain, lightheadedness, rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.

The degree and mechanism of association between MVPS and anxiety disorders remains unclear. While some believe the symptoms cause anxiety attacks, others believe extraneous factors trigger attacks. They may occur anywhere, at anytime, even in the middle of the night. Whenever anxiety attacks do occur, they are frightening.

To manage your anxiety you must first break the cycle. One way of doing this is to reduce the severity of physical symptoms by practising relaxation techniques.

May I suggest you visit the Anxiety and Panic Forum as you will found many members with anxiety and they have great wisdom on how to lower their anxiety.

Gentle Hugs to you



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   Posted 12/19/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for your input! It helps. My palpitations have gotten better. I use positive self talk when they occur. I stopped caffeine. I also bought a book that should help. Thank you, again!

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   Posted 12/22/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   


I have both MVP and panic/anxiety disorder, but to tell you the truth I don't know which came first, the chicken or the egg.  They were diagnosed simultaneously and have the same symptoms.  Many doctors I have been too since my original MVP diagnosis don't believe in MVP and say it is a term used when they can not find a diagnosis for the symptoms the patient describes.  Obviously, they do not have MVP!  When my heart starts skipping around, I take a benzodiazopine and it seems to straighten out.  Beta blockers can also treat that symptom though I have never tried them.  But of course, both of these meds are also prescribed for panic/anxiety so who really knows what the true diagnosis is here.  I guess as long as the med works, I don't really care what they term my illness as neither of the two are life threatening though it sure feels like it.  I always try breathing/relaxation methods, walking, talking, getting busy first, but if the catastrophic thoughts interfere with the positive and I start to spiral down I do not hesitate to take my med.

Changes in my lifestyle which have helped immensely are no caffeine, limiting alcohal, getting proper sleep, taking one day at a time, and letting go of perfectionism (still working on the last two).


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   Posted 12/23/2008 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Soul, thank you. Perfectionism is a problem for us anxious people, isn't it? I can't believe there are doctors that don't believe in MVP! The echocardiograms are proof of that. Thank you, again.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse about two weeks ago. It has been hard to get used to for me because my symptoms have been severe. about a week ago my doctor put me on Cymbalta and Xanax, I have very shallow breathing most of the time. My doctor took me off Cymbalta and now I am hoping my breathing will return to its normal state. I was just wondering if anyone else experiences shallow breathing most of the time.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey, Erin 9! Shallow breathing as in relaxed breathing? Or can't catch your breath? I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse many years ago. It never really bothered me that much until I became peri-menopausal recently. Then the skipped and racing beats drove me crazy!

Have you asked your doc if the shallow breathing is from going off the medicine? You can actually call a pharmacist and ask them. You will get a quicker reply. Let me know what you find out! Also, are your mitral valve prolapse symptoms better?

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   Posted 1/5/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
It is breathing like I can't catch my breath, It has been worse since I have been on Cymbalta but now I am off of it. I am still waiting for my breathing to return back to its normal state.

yankee girl
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   Posted 1/11/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
The racing heart is just awful---mine is typically caused by anxiety, and my blood pressure goes up dramatically too (even though I'm on BP meds). My cardiologist put me on beta blockers but they caused severe headaches. Xanax is what I use in addition to calming meditation.
fibro, PTSD, anxiety, severe nerve damage/several surgeries on wrist, TMJ, depression, mitral valve prolapse

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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all , first time on this thread,

My wife has MVP and it has begun regurgitating and her heart is enlarging slightly. Her local cardiologist is alarmed and recommended valve repair asap. We have a second opinion examination next week at the Cleveland Clinic. We already sent all of the test results to cleveland and the preliminary opinion is that he doesn't see the same urgency for surgery, but he will know more after examining her.

Has anyone had valve repair surgery?

We have learned there is open heart, and robotic options. Any experience on either?
Age 59, very healthy
Psa 2007 3.2
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11/2008 biopsy, T1c, gleason 3+3=6 low-volume prostrate carcinoma
1 of 12 samples malignant
Left lateral mid .05mm (5%)
CT scan negative
Consultation 12/2008 decided active waiting (diet) while researching options.
Followup PSA in March 2009

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