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Top 15 Treatments for Mitral Valve Prolapse

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Heart palpitations, fatigue, anxiety, a feeling of dread, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping. For most people with Mitral Valve Prolapse, symptoms are mild, but often uncomfortable enough to want to do something about it.

Fortunately, there are simple lifestyle changes that help, as well as medications. At CureTogether, 460 people have reported having MVP, and 227 of them have contributed 2,526 data points on their ratings of 37 treatment ideas.

Here are the top 15 treatments for Mitral Valve Prolapse, as rated by people living with it:

1. Avoid caffeine
2. Air conditioning
3. Avoid alcohol
4. Drink lots of water
5. Diet changes
6. Meditation
7. Xanax
8. Avoid sugar
9. Beta blockers
10. Eat salt
11. Cognitive therapy
12. Exercise
13. Propranolol
14. Acupuncture
15. Epsom salt bath

To navigate the graph above:

The top right quadrant shows the most popular and effective treatments, and the top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness, so they may be options to think about (e.g. Xanax, eating salt).

Treatments in the lower right quadrant are ones that lots of people have tried but that have below-average effectiveness (e.g. B Vitamins, Aspirin), and treatments in the lower left quadrant are reported as neither popular nor effective, so you may want to consider this when choosing a treatment (e.g. St. John’s Wort, Wellbutrin).

Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for almost 3 years now. We analyzed and visualized the data into infographic form to make it more accessible. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.

This is part of a series of research findings we’ve been publishing over the past few months. Of course, with each of these findings, there is a potential bias in patient self-selection and recall. Every research study has some bias, so we present these findings as just what they are – patient-reported data – to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research. Stay tuned for more and please let us know in the comments below if this was helpful or interesting for you.

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8 Responses to “Top 15 Treatments for Mitral Valve Prolapse”

  1. Brilliant!

  2. Already doing 8 of the 15 from prior advice from Doctor. Always excited to get new ideas. Happy just to know someone is recognizing MVPS!

  3. I wonder how many of the 460 people who reported MVP will eventually be diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. HCM afflicts 1 in 500 people worldwide and may cause a sudden cardiac arrest.

    The HCMA (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association) has found that among their members, 14% were previously diagnosed with MVP and 50% with a “benign murmur” before having a proper diagnosis of HCM. Most HCM’ers with obstruction have a murmur of the mitral valve. I am one of those people.

    Don’t want to sound like a Debbie Downer but had to throw that out there.

  4. I wish I had this information 20 years ago when my symptoms started and I was told by all doctors I was a hypocondriac–I always knew there was something deeper wrong with my system–I am finally vindicated!!

  5. This study was just presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans: Mitral-valve repair with percutaneous clip is associated with clinical outcome improvements similar to surgery.

    http://twitter.com/#!/NEJM/status/54891678158438400

    How come there are no surgical treatments represented in the chart above?

  6. Thanks Hugo! We do have surgical options as part of the MVP survey, but not enough people have reported on their experience yet to be able to include it in the chart.

  7. Hugo, thx for the comment on the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I had no idea but did some research. Good to know.

  8. Stress is my trigger for chest discomfort. I am always cold too. My Dr. wanted to put me on beta-blocker I said no because I don’t like medications. Instead I have turned to meditation and it has really helped. I also run and try to sit in the sun

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