The normal heartbeat is generated just like clockwork by electric signals sent out from a natural pacemaker known as the sinus node. Normal individuals have heart rates of between 60-90 beats per minute. This is actually slower than the natural pacemaker of the heart, partly because there is the slowing influence of the nervous system […]
Mitral Valve Regurgitation (Mitral Insufficiency)
By Mustafa Ahmed MD What is Mitral Valve Regurgitation (Mitral Insufficiency)? Mitral Valve Regurgitation also known as Mitral Insufficiency is basically a leaky mitral valve. As a doctor that specializes in heart valve disease, this is the most common valve problem I see. The mitral valve stops blood flowing backwards from the main chamber of […]
Leaky Heart Valve – When The Mitral Valve Fails
A leaky heart valve, when the mitral valve is the valve involved is known as mitral regurgitation. The most common cause of this leaky heart valve is mitral valve prolapse and it is the most common valve related disease in the US. Other causes include an enlarged heart and coronary artery disease. See some of […]
Can Mitral Valve Prolapse Cause Death?
At myheart.net we’ve helped millions of people through our articles and answers. Now our authors are keeping readers up to date with cutting edge heart disease information through twitter. Follow Dr Ahmed on Twitter @MustafaAhmedMD Follow @MustafaAhmedMD Very few conditions have caused as much controversy and frustration over the years as mitral valve prolapse (MVP). Most […]
Echocardiography – Part 1 – What is an echocardiogram
An echocardiogram or echo for short, is a powerful tool used primarily by cardiologists to evaluate the heart’s structure and function. An echocardiogram is a type of sonogram which means that it uses sound waves to take pictures of your heart and related structures. The system is very similar to sonar on a submarine. The […]
Can Medicines Help My Mitral Valve?
The mitral valve is there to stop blood flowing backwards in the left side of the heart, and so allows blood to travel the correct way, forward, to supply the body! Most of my posts to far have been about mitral valve prolapse (MVP). In mitral valve prolapse the degenerated valve may lead to leakiness, […]
Do I Need Antibiotics For Dental Work With Mitral Valve Prolapse?
The Controversy.. Take Them .. Take Them ..Take Them …. Don’t take them By Mustafa Ahmed MD In 2007 the American Heart Association (AHA) released an updated set of guidelines regarding the use of antibiotics to prevent heart valve infection in patients undergoing procedures such as certain dental procedures. The guidelines caused a great deal […]
Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 6 – Getting To The Bottom Of It
By Mustafa Ahmed MD MVP – Controversy and Frustration There are very few conditions that have drawn as much controversy and as much frustration for patients and physicians over the years as mitral valve prolapse. On one hand, if anyone with MVP asks a physician what the significance of their mitral valve prolapse is, they […]
Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 5 – How Common is it?
Before reading this, if you haven’t read the first few posts, go ahead and read them so you have a good understanding of what mitral valve prolapse is, and how the valve is affected. Mitral valve prolapse has had several names over the years, including floppy valve syndrome, click syndrome, and click murmur syndrome. Up […]
Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 4 – Mitral Regurgitation
By Mustafa Ahmed MD So far we have discussed what mitral valve prolapse is, and what causes it. If you have not read the previous sections yet, then I suggest you go read those first to have a basic understanding of the mitral valve. Now we will discuss one of the complications of mitral valve […]