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Just wondering? How many of you were misdiagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse before your afib diagnoses

Kather
Kather

Hi, I was diagnosed probably 35 years ago with Mitral valve prolapse. At the time my symptoms were a lot of palpitations and some episodes of tachycardia. A few times going to the ER. So for years I took atenenol as needed, had echos done and they always said it was very mild.It was very bothersome at times. No one ever suggested I had A-fib or flutter. When I was currently diagnosed 18 months ago my EP said MVP was overdiagnosed back in the day especially with women. So now after 2 ablations I'm doing well, but wondering how may others might have had a similar experience.

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Hi Kather. I do have MVP and have had it for years, but I don’t think it was a misdiagnosis. Lately sometimes in echos, it shows up and sometimes it doesn’t. I do have some regurgitation also. I had same issues with lots of palpitations on and off since my early 20’s and some tachycardia also.

Kather
Kather
in reply to dmjtanner

Do you also have A-fib or flutter?

dmjtanner
dmjtanner
in reply to Kather

I have A-fib but in normal sinus rhythm since December except for palpitations, some short bursts of tachycardia and some crazy beats occasionally.

Hidden
Hidden

Very interesting. I never connected it with a-fib. I was told at age 18 during a routine physical required for nursing school that I had a heart murmur and mitral valve prolapse. At that point in my life was very healthy and athletic-scuba diving especially. Never had any cardiac problems til diagnosed with a-fib in 2011 (am 74 now) . Looking back I was always anxious with fast heartbeats when I was stressed. The doctor just said I was a "Type A Personality." Interesting connection esp in young healthy people who so far have no cardiac diagnosis. An early warning sign??

Kather
Kather
in reply to Hidden

I was diagnosed with A-fib at 58 and am healthy otherwise. But when you do look back I remember lots if skipped beats also, or it would just start beating really fast. When they did the routine echo's the techs usually said it was mild.

dmjtanner
dmjtanner
in reply to Hidden

Maybe....

IrishHealth
IrishHealth
in reply to Hidden

This is intetesting. I am in my forties and am having increasing palpitations and have always had a fast heart rate. Also anxious. My mother has AF. Hope it isn't a sign of things to come.

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