Dr. Aklog explains if a mitral valve prolapse/MVP needs to be treated.
And a simple answer to that is "no." A patient who has simple mitral valve prolapse picked up by their doctor on the stethoscope does not need to be treated as long as the valve is working well, as long as the valve is not leaking. But what is necessary, once you have mitral valve prolapse, what is necessary is that it be followed carefully to make sure that it stays stable and to identify which patients, if any, develop abnormalities of the function of the valves, such as leaking.
About Dr. Aklog, M.D.:
Dr. Lishan Aklog is the current Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Director of EmpowHer's Medical Advisory Board. Specializing in adult cardiac care, he graduated from Harvard College followed by Harvard Medical School. Dr. Aklog was a cardiothoracic resident at Brigham and Women’s/Boston Children’s Hospital, an Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and completed international fellowships in London, England and Paris, France.
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