Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Mitro Valve Prolapse

Monday, 26 Sep 2011 08:53 AM


Question: I was born with mitral valve prolapse which causes frequent palpitations that sometimes result in blackouts/fainting spells. I'm currently on atenolol once a day. Can anything else be done? I have no health coverage other than Medicare.


Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Mitral valve prolapse is probably not the reason for your fainting. While mitral valve prolapse (MVP) may predispose you to palpitations, blackouts are a sure sign you need further immediate evaluation.

Consider a consultation with your primary care physician (PCP) to have a syncopal workup without delay. Consider asking for a referral to a cardiologist and/or neurologist for consultation and review after your initial workup with your PCP.

Random syncopal episodes are often a sign of severe dysregulation and a significant source of death, injury, and disability when left untreated. Pick up your phone now or consider an evaluation for this by a board-certified emergency physician at a nearby hospital emergency department. You need to have an immediate screening for events that may become life-threatening.



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