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How Can Mitral Valve Prolapse Be Prevented?

You can't prevent mitral valve prolapse (MVP). Most people who have the condition are born with it.

Complications from MVP, such as arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and infective endocarditis (IE), are rare. IE is an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers and valves.

People at high risk for IE may be given antibiotics before some types of surgery and dental work. Antibiotics can help prevent IE. Your doctor will tell you whether you need this type of treatment.

People at high risk for IE may include those who've had valve repair or replacement or who have some types of underlying heart disease.

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July 1, 2011