Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is often seen in FM. I conducted a study years ago at the Ohio State University and published results that showed the majority of people with FM also had evidence of MVP on cardiac echo testing.
MVP is a condition where one of the heart valves, the mitral valve, bulges excessively during the heartbeat. Although it sounds scary, most doctors feel that MVP is usually a benign condition. It may contribute to atypical chest wall pain in some patients with FM, or it may be part of the dysfunctional autonomic nerves and contribute to rapid heart rate, palpitations, and shortness of breath in some.
We're not sure exactly why those with FM seem to have more MVP than the general population. Perhaps there is a genetic factor involved, or a dynamic change that results from the dysfunctional autonomic nerves. More research is needed in this area.
Chest pain in FM is usually not angina but people with FM can have other problems, too, including heart problems. If there is ever any questions about chest pain or new cardiac symptoms, a physician should be consulted at once.
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