Mitral Valve Prolapse (floppy valve)
In some people, the valve controlling blood flow on the left side of the heart does not close properly. Often this mitral valve prolapse is only a minor problem, causing few or no symptoms.
However, in severe cases, mitral valve prolapse or floppy mitral valve syndrome may let blood leak out of one heart chamber into another. This leaking, called leaky valve or mitral regurgitation, can become progressively worse.
Cardiovascular patients at Abington Memorial Hospital benefit from advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. Tests using the most up-to-date equipment and techniques evaluate the extent of mitral valve prolapse and its effect on heart health. If the condition is causing leaky valve or mitral regurgitation, minimally invasive valve repair has an excellent success rate.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating mitral valve prolapse, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center and Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease.