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Mitral Valve Prolapse

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Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common heart problem. The mitral valve controls blood flow between the upper and lower chambers on the left side of the heart. Normally, blood should only flow from the upper chamber into the lower chamber. In MVP, the valve flaps do not work the right way. The blood may flow in the wrong direction or leak back into the lower chamber.

There is no cure, but it is not a serious health problem. It is treated with medicine and changes in lifestyle habits. Some people turn to natural treatments to help regulate heart health. However, they should only be used with standard treatment.

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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

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A3. Lichodziejewska B, Kłoś J, et al. Clinical symptoms of mitral valve prolapse are related to hypomagnesemia and attenuated by magnesium supplementation. Am J Cardiol. 1997 Mar 15;79(6):768-772.

Last reviewed May 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC