Category Archives: MyHeartSpecialist Blog

Here there are blogs related to valve disease, mitral valve prolapse for example. The author of this blog is an internationally recognized expert on valve diseases, and this blog was set up after multiple requests to do so from his patients. Please feel free to suggest topics that can be addressed in future posts.

Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 7, Do I need Antibiotics for my Dental Procedure?


By Mustafa I. Ahmed MD The Controversy.. Take Them .. Take Them ..Take Them …. Don’t take them In 2007 the American Heart Association (AHA) released an updated set of guidelines regarding the use of antibiotics to prevent heart valve infection … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 6, Alarm, Confusion, Controversy, Frustration and Getting to Where We Need to be


By Mustafa I. Ahmed, MD MVP – Controversy and Frustration There are very few conditions that have drawn as much controversy and as much frustration for patients and physicians over the years as mitral valve prolapse. On one hand, if … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 5, From Fiasco to Sensibility, How Common is it?


By Mustafa I. Ahmed, MD Before reading this, if you haven’t read the first few posts, go ahead and read them so you have a good understanding of what mitral valve prolapse is, and how the valve is affected. Mitral … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 4, Introduction to Mitral Regurgitation: The Leaky Mitral Valve


By Mustafa I. Ahmed, MD So far we have discussed what mitral valve prolapse is, and what causes it. If you have not read the previous sections yet, then I suggest you go read those first to have a basic … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 3 – The Dreaded ‘Flail leaflet’


By Mustafa I Ahmed MD What is Flail Leaflet?  Think of the mitral valve in mitral valve prolapse as a parachute. The canopy of the parachute is rounded, like a mitral valve prolapse valve (where as in a normal valve … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 2, What’s happening to the valve?


By Mustafa I. Ahmed, MD When initially described as a relatively common cause of mitral valve disease in the 1950’s, mitral valve prolapse (MVP) was known as ‘floppy valve syndrome.’ The underlying process making the valve floppy is technically termed … Continue reading

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Mitral Valve Prolapse – Part 1, Lets Start With the Basics


By Mustafa I. Ahmed MD What is the Mitral Valve ? Blood flow through the left side of the heart is simple. It goes from the top chamber of the heart, to the bottom chamber of the heart then out … Continue reading

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