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For most people with mild cases of mitral valve prolapse, treatment isn't necessary. In more severe cases, medications or even surgery may be recommended.
When a person has mitral valve prolapse but no symptoms or mitral regurgitation (backflow of blood into the atrium), no treatment is necessary. The prognosis for these mild cases is excellent, and in most cases, activities do not need to be limited.
For people with mitral valve prolapse and chest pain, the doctor may prescribe a beta blocker drug as part of treatment. If arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) are present and causing frequent symptoms, the doctor may prescribe an anti-arrhythmia medication.
In severe cases of prolapse where mitral regurgitation is present, surgical repair of the mitral valve may be a necessary part of the treatment for mitral valve prolapse.
If mitral regurgitation is present with mitral valve prolapse, preventive antibiotics should be used any time the patient undergoes dental, gastrointestinal, or urinary procedures.
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