Member Case Study: Mitral Valve Prolapse

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Question from Strouse
Not an injury related question but a medical question just the same. Is training heart rate impacted by mitral valve prolapse and if so, how do you adjust accordingly. My heart rate spikes to 180 or higher as soon as I start my runs (warming up)-is that related to the MVP (with regurgitation)?

Answer
Heart function can be divided into 3 broad categories: one includes valves and heart structure, another involves cardiac rhythm and pumping, and the third deals with blood flow to the heart (coronary arteries). Sometimes these are interrelated, but not always. In the case of mitral valve prolapse, the structural valve problem is not typically related to the rhythm of the heart. Probably your heart rate response to exercise is just that - how your heart rate responds to exercise - and it is not likely impacted by your mitral valve prolapse.

You may benefit from physiologic testing to accurately determine your heart rate response to exercise. A stress echocardiogram will help determine if your mitral regurgitation interferes with your cardiac function during exercise. This can be arranged through your personal physician.


 

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date: May 1, 2006

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The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was formed in 1991 to fill a void that has existed in sports medicine from its earliest beginnings. The founders most recognized and expert sports medicine specialists realized that while there are several physician organizations which support sports medicine, there has not been a forum specific for primary care non-surgical sports medicine physicians.

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The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was formed in 1991 to fill a void that has existed in sports medicine from its earliest beginnings. The founders most recognized and expert sports medicine specialists realized that while there are several physician organizations which support sports medicine, there has not been a forum specific for primary care non-surgical sports medicine physicians.

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