Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

Most people with mitral valve prolapse lead normal, productive and symptom-free lives.

Doctors generally won't recommend restrictions on your lifestyle or any limitations on your personal exercise or dietary program. However, ask your doctor if he or she recommends any changes to your lifestyle. If you have severe mitral valve regurgitation, your doctor may recommend certain exercise limitations.

Your doctor may recommend regular follow-up visits to evaluate your condition.

Prevention

You can't prevent mitral valve prolapse. However, you can lower your chances of developing the complications associated with it by making sure you take your medications, if any, as directed.

Feb. 11, 2017
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