Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reverse Mitral Valve Prolapse with Orthomolecular Medicine

Reverse Mitral Valve Prolapse with Orthomolecular Medicine
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) or "click murmur syndrome" is the most common heart valve abnormality, affecting five to ten percent of the world population. A normal mitral valve consists of two thin leaflets, located between the left atrium and the left ventricle of the heart. Mitral valve leaflets, shaped like parachutes, are attached to the inner wall of the left ventricle by a series of strings called "chordae."

When the ventricles contract, the mitral valve leaflets close snugly and prevent the backflow of blood from the left ventricle into the left atrium. When the ventricles relax, the valves open to allow oxygenated blood from the lungs to fill the left ventricle.
In patients with mitral valve prolapse, the ventricles contract; the redundant leaflets prolapse (flop backwards) into the left atrium, sometimes allowing leakage of blood through the valve opening (mitral regurgitation).

When severe, mitral regurgitation can lead to abnormal heart rhythms. Patients with mitral valve prolapse may have imbalances in their autonomic nervous system, which regulates heart rate and breathing. Such imbalances may cause inadequate blood oxygen delivery to the working muscles during exercise thereby causing fatigue.

Palpitations are sensations of fast or irregular heart beats. In most patients with mitral valve prolapse, palpitations are harmless. In very rare cases, potentially serious heart rhythm abnormalities may underlie palpitations, which require further evaluation and treatment.
Sharp chest pains are reported in some patients with mitral valve prolapse, which can be prolonged.

Conventional Medical Treatment for MVP
Beta-blockers, such as Inderal (propranolol); Lopressor or Toprol (metoprolol); and Tenormin (atenolol) are used for long-term management of mitral valve prolapse (MVP). I'm always amazed at how many of my patients are taking these drugs for MVP, even with their very serious side effects.

These drugs slow the heart rate, which reduces cardiac output and leads to low blood pressure and fatigue. The brain and muscles then aren't getting enough blood and oxygen, and this can lead to fuzzy thinking, poor memory, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
Potential side effects of beta-blockers include congestive heart failure, fatigue, heart block, dizziness, depression, decreased heartbeat and function, cold extremities, paresthesia (a feeling of "pins and needles"), shortness of breath, drowsiness, lethargy, insomnia, headaches, poor memory, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, colitis, wheezing, Raynaud's syndrome (burning, tingling, pain, numbness, or poor circulation in the hands and feet), muscle cramps, muscle fatigue, lowered libido, impotence, raised triglycerides, lowered HDL, raised LDL, and high blood sugar.

Nutritional Therapy for Treating MVP
In my experience, the best way to stop the symptoms associated with heart irregularities, including MVP, is to correct the underlying nutritional deficiencies. 

Magnesium is a natural sedative that relaxes muscles, and the heart is, of course, mostly muscle. The smooth muscle contained in the blood vessel lining is also dependent on magnesium.
Magnesium acts like a beta-blocker (without the side effects) by inhibiting stimulatory hormones including norepinephrine and epinephrine (hormones that increase heart rate).
The more magnesium found within a muscle cell, the more relaxed the muscle becomes. And a relaxed heart is a happy heart.
Several studies show that magnesium reduces the symptoms of MVP, including palpitations, chest pain, and fatigue.

CoQ10 is a valuable nutrient for reversing MVP symptoms. The heart muscles need large amounts of CoQ10 for optimal function. Several studies have demonstrated that it can return heart function to normal.

Fish oil may also help reduce the irregular heartbeats associated with MVP.
Fish oil reduces blood pressure, inflammation, fibrinogen, irregular heart- beats (arrhythmia), atherosclerosis, triglycerides (blood fats), and platelet aggregation (blood clot formation).

I routinely recommend my patients with MVP, high blood pressure; congestive heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions take the Essential Therapeutics Healthy Heart Formula. This formula contains a high dose multivitamin/mineral formula with 500mg of magnesium, 100mg of CoQ10, and 2,000mg of pure fish oil.
I like this convenient to use pack. It combines everything my patients need to help prevent and or reverse MVP and other cardiovascular disorders.

If you’d like to know more about the Healthy Heart Formula please call the office or visit us online-


manu said...

Mitral Valve Disorders

Diseases of the heart valves are grouped according to which valve or valves are involved and the amount of blood flow that is disrupted by the problem. The most common and serious valve problems happen in the mitral and aortic valves. Diseases of the tricuspid and pulmonary valves are fairly rare.

The mitral valve regulates the flow of blood from the upper-left chamber (the left atrium) to the lower-left chamber (the left ventricle).

shaheel said...

Chest pain is considered a chief symptom of heart related problems. It can occur due to various causes such as heart attack, pulmonary embolism, thoracic aortic dissection, oesophageal rupture, tension pneumothorax and cardiac tamponade.

By conducting several medical tests, the above causes could be ruled out or treated as recommended by medical professionals. If acute chest pain occurs, the patient should be admitted immediately for observation and sequential E.C.G.'s are followed up.

Just like in all medical cases, a careful medical history and detailed physical examination is essential in separating dangerous from minor/trivial causes of disease. Sometimes, there is need of rapid diagnosis to save life of patient. A deep study of recent health changes, family history, tobacco consumption, smoking, diabetes, eating disorders, etc. is useful in treatment of chest pain.

Features of chest pain could be generalised as heaviness; radiation of the pain to neck, jaw or left arm; sweating; nausea; palpitations; pain coming from exertion; dizziness; shortness of breath and a sense of impending doom. On the basis of these characteristics, a number of tests can be carried out for proper treatment. X-ray and CT scan of the chest help in determining the basic cause of pain. An electrocardiogram helps in detailed study of the problem.

Darius said...

I am a medical resident on cardiology and I also wrote a few words about mitral valve prolapse.