People with fibromyalgia are more prone to mitral valve prolapse

A large number of people with fibromyalgia live with a generally asymptomatic heart disease called mitral valve prolapse.


The left side of our heart consists of an upper and a lower chamber. Blood flows through both chambers thanks to a valve called the mitral valve. Mitral valve prolapse occurs when the valve is not closed properly.

The diagnosis    is usually made using a stethoscope, the doctor discovers why the problem sounds like a crack in the heart. Later it can be confirmed by an electrocardiogram.

Prolapse of the mitral valve    can not be prevented   and the cause of its appearance is currently unknown, it is only known that heredity can have a strong influence.


In most cases, this phenomenon is    not dangerous and does not cause symptoms;  in fact, many do not even know about it until a doctor discovers it.

In people with fibromyalgia, mitral valve prolapse can cause    atypical chest pain, tachycardia, palpitations and shortness of breath.

There are few cases where blood returns through this heart valve, which is called    “regurgitation”    ; This can not cause problems, but when it is very severe, it can lead to symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, cough, migraine, a feeling of rapid or rapid heartbeat and chest discomfort.


It is known that people with fibromyalgia are more prone than the general population to suffer from mitral valve prolapse, but the condition is not yet known. It is believed that a genetic factor is involved, but more research is needed in this area.

Two recent studies have shown that    60 to 70% of fibromyalgia patients have mitral valve prolapse   or complain of irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath.

Unlike other problems that people with fibromyalgia have (such as fatigue, sleep problems and constant pain), Mitral Valve Prolapse is a condition that generally does not represent any major health damage, usually has no symptoms and requires almost no attention, medical treatment or surgery.


If after reading this article you think you may have mitral valve prolapse, we recommend that you go to the doctor for a heart examination.

In any case,    if you experience discomfort in the chest and chest area, we recommend that you take medical check-ups.

If your doctor discovers that your symptoms are due to mitral valve prolapse, he may recommend medication to relieve the symptoms and prevent complications.

Most people with mitral valve prolapse lack magnesium, so many find a reduction in symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations and weakness after adding magnesium supplements to their diet. Contact your doctor.

Also, remember that exercise is an ally to strengthen and keep your heart healthy.


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