Mitral Valve Prolapse and Chest pain

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   Posted 10/14/2007 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all of you---I am so glad to have found you.
I am new to this forum----acutally new to any forum or chat room.  I'm not exactly sure how to do this---so if I make any big mistakes, please let me know.
I was diagnosed with MVP 40 years ago (I'm 62).  I have spent years at dr. ofcs and er rooms.  Always to be told  "you're not having a heart attack" "go home and you'll be fine".
That's always good news---but I keep getting scary symptoms.  I have palpatations, chest pain, dizziness, nausea, cold sweats and all of the rest of the stuff that I have been reading about on this forum.  The thing that scared me most this morning was a "thud" in my chest and then pressure and burning in my whole chest, from under my bra, (can I say that??) up my neck and throat and upper back.  It makes it hard to think or concentrate and a little hard to breath.  It's lasted for about 3 hours so far.  I keep trying to reassure myself and to not jump in my car for my next (1millionth) trip to urgent care. I have been checked for GERD  (take 40mg. Prilosec) and panic attacks (tried lots of meds. that don't work).  Has anyone had this "thud" thing.  Oh, somethimes when that happends it feels like I just drank 6 cups of coffee--which I don't---but not this time. confused   Thanks for listening.

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   Posted 10/15/2007 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   

If this is not a new symptom to you then I would think you may have discussed it with your physician.

I understand your anxiety as many illnesses can mimic a heart attack and you start to become a cardiac cripple with severe Health Anxiety.

Do you have a therapist, if not therapy may be an idea to help you deal with this fear.

Please call your physician if you truly feel you need to, it is always ok to make sure your heart is not the problem.

Take care and keep posting.


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   Posted 10/15/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi enufworry, Welcome to Healing Well forum.  We are glad to have you join us here.

I wondered if you have a regular cardiologist to whom you go too?  If so have you had a stress test, ECHO or cardiac cath that would be able to tell you the progression of your MVP?  There are two people in my close family who have this disease and often complain of chest pain, shortness of breath and dizziness.  Your doctor really should be able to explain to you how serious your own condition is and should you worry about CAD or future problems with heart attack.

I realize it is difficult to not automatically think your having a heart attack when you start to get chest pain and some of the other symptoms you have described here.  But to my understanding Coronary Artery Disease, cholesterol and family history play the biggest part with actual heart attacks.

I have a link on MVP from the mayo clinic that I am posting for you below.  I hope the information it has in it will be helpful for you.  Please know you are more then welcome to post as often as you like.  We are always here.

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   Posted 10/17/2007 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your responses.  It is just so good to be able to talk about these things and have some one know what I'm talking about.  I do have a cardiologist who is somewhat sympathetic (finally)--I have done the stress test, the ECHO, in 2005--the 64 CT scan.  My cardio dr. has reassured me, as much as possible, that all of these things/feelings are not a heart attack.
Interesting, I am a therapist----and know a lot about anxiety---and a lot about heart/health anxiety in particular.  My dad had his first heart attack when he was 38yo.  and I grew up in a very anxious house.  I do also have a therapist---but I'll tell you when these pains come or I feel dizzy and have palpatations and chest pain---much of what I "know"  goes out the window!!!!!!!  And even though I know I'm not having a heart attack--the pain and discomfort really affect my ability to concentrate on my work or just general life stuff.
I have resisted taking hardcore meds.  I took Inderal for awhile but I could hardly move.  I've been reading about Magnesium-- does anyone have some experience with that?
Anyway, thank you again---I'm not sure what else to say right now---it just feel good to read  and know that I am not alone. :-)
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