Does Mitral Valve Prolapse Cause Panic Attacks - Hyperventilation
MVP May Link to Panic Attacks and Hyperventilation
Scientists and physicians have studied over the years the premise that mitral valve prolapse can initiate hyperventilation and/or panic attacks. Mitral valve prolapse and mitral valve prolapse with regurgitation are abnormalities of the mitral valve in the heart, often congenital in origin. MVP can be defined as a condition where the valve between the upper and lower chambers of the heart does not close properly. A healthy mitral valve directs the flow of blood, preventing it from flowing backwards. About 10% of the population is afflicted with this condition, many of them unaware of the problem, according to physicians at the Washington School of Medicine.
MVP and echocardiogram
MVP with regurgitation represents the leakage of a valve that may worsen over time, causing various symptoms. An echocardiogram analyzes the problem by detecting disturbances when a probe rotates on the skin near the heart, allowing excellent display on the computer. Older adults may be unaware of the issue due to lack of adequate technology in earlier years. A physician may have informed them they had a murmur that would disappear, as they grew older. Some patients are without symptoms and remain unaware of the problem,
Controversy about panic attacks and heart
Hyperventilation and panic attacks appear to occur in a small segment of the population who have mitral valve prolapse. Some physicians are unwilling to admit to this fact due to conflicting information in the studies. A prominent neurologist from Oklahoma City claims that he has known many MVP patients, none of whom suffered the secondary problems.
A secondary disease
Mitralvalveprolapse, com is a website founded by several patients who have MVP. This website refers to the panic and anxiety as a separate entity called dysautonomia or mitral valve prolapse syhdrome, a central nervous system disorder that is prevalent in patients with MVP. According to this article, 40 percent of patients with MVP also have the secondary disorder. Recommended treatment includes education about the conditions, healthy diet, exercise, medication, and positive mental attitude. Suggested medication includes beta-blockers, anti-anxiety medication, and avoiding medicine with stimulants.
Normal Heart and Heart with Valve Problem
A Physician Works on Mitral Valve Prolapse Issue
Two books have been written about MVP/D, the latest being “Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome/Dysautonomia Survival Guide. The founders of MVP site along with Dr. John Furiasse, whose wife is afflicted with the disorder, wrote the book. Dr.Phillip C.Watkins, director of the Autonomic Disorders and Mitral Valve Prolapse Center, Birmingham, Alabama, wrote a forward stating that the center will use the book as an instruction manual, making use of the good clinical information. He states that every physician should read the book to learn what happens to the body when the symptoms are active. Patients can purchase the book, join the website and contribute to the forum. Lynn Frederick, RN, MS, wrote the other book entitled “The Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome.”
Physicians Examine Lung Involvement in MVP Patient
Documentation of the disease
Physicians from WebMD have written an article about Mitral Valve Prolapse, interviewing patients about their MVP symptoms. Out of 30 respondents, roughly half reported panic attacks and anxiety, from mild to severe. Many of them had trouble breathing, similar to hyperventilation but found some relief from anti-anxiety medications and beta-blockers. Beta-blockers slow down the heart rate and control blood pressure.
Michael C. Plewa and Richard Worthington, authors of the article “Mitral Valve Prolapse” indicate that some patients suffer panic attacks and have documented the findings. However, other reputable sources, , Johns Hopkins, and the Cleveland Clinic do not mention this affliction.The American Heart Association asserts that current studies indicate a connection between the secondary symptoms and the heart problem that is not understood by researchers. They believe that it may not be cause and effect but a separate issue.
In conclusion, it appears that consistent unanimous evidence does not exist to support the theory that mitral valve prolapse causes panic attacks and/or hyperventilation. Evidence can be found for each side of the issue.However, evidence does exist that it may be an associated disease in in some patients. Each patient must be evaluated on an individual basis. One cardiologist stated, that some experts do not know which came first, MVP or MVPS. Patients should discuss their symptoms with their physicians and locate one who understands the entire issue.
copyright 2011 Audrey Selig
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