What Is a Prolapse?


In a layman’s term, prolapse is a health disorder characterized by displacement of either an organ or tissue. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), prolapse manifests in different forms. Uterine, rectal and mitral valve are some of the common forms of prolapse.

While there are different types of treatment available that can be used to manage this medical condition, more than often surgery is needed in order to rectify the slipped organ or tissue. Discussed herein, are the different types of prolapse.

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Mitral Valve Prolapse, also commonly referred to as MVP is triggered when the valve separating the left atrium (i.e. left upper chamber) and left ventricle (i.e. left lower chamber) isn’t closing properly.

Mitral Valve Prolapse causes the valve to bulge either upwards or backwards inside the left chamber of the heart. The condition can at times cause the blood to seep backwards inside the left chamber of the heart.

According to several medical studies published online, mitral valve prolapse is not fatal. As a matter of fact, a majority of people diagnosed with the condition do not need medication or radical changes to their lifestyles. Still, there are people who need treatment in order to manage the symptoms triggered by the condition.

Mitral Valve Prolapse Symptoms

Even though mitral valve prolapse is categorized as a lifelong condition, a majority of people suffering from this disorder do not display symptoms. Upon being diagnosed with MVP, majorities of people are astonished to realize that they are suffering from a heart disorder.

The appearance of mitral valve prolapse symptoms is an indication of blood seeping backwards into the left chamber. The signs and symptoms of this condition may differ from one patient to the other. At the beginning, the symptoms are mild. But with time, you may notice the indicators getting worse. Listed below, are some of the common signs and symptoms associated with mitral valve symptoms:

–          Unexplained fatigue.

–          Pain in the chest. More than often, people experiencing this sign think that they are getting a heart attack.

–          Irregular heartbeat. At times, you may feel as if your heart is racing.

–          Lightheadedness. Due to dizziness, there are people who experience blackouts.

–          Difficulty in breathing. Normally, shortness of breath occurs when you are lying down or doing a strenuous physical activity.

When Is the Right Time to Consult a Heart Specialist?

Should you experience any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, it is important that you consult a heart specialist. There are several other medical conditions that may trigger symptoms similar to mitral valve prolapse. Only a doctor will be able to determine whether the symptoms you are experiencing are related to heart valve prolapse.

If you are feeling pains in the chest and are not certain if it is a progressing cardiac arrest, you need to immediately seek medical assistance. On the other hand, if your doctor has already determined that you are suffering from mitral valve prolapse and the symptoms seem to be worsening, make an appointment with a doctor immediately.

Uterine Prolapse

Uterine Prolapse is characterized by stretching and weakening of the pelvic base muscles as well as ligaments. This in turn causes the uterus to lack the proper support it requires, thereby causing it to slip down inside the vagina. Supportive tissues can be damaged either during the delivery process or pregnancy. Loss of estrogen, recurrent straining and gravity are also some of the other factors that can cause stretching and weakening of the pelvic floor muscles.

Whereas Uterine Prolapse can affect women of all ages, women who are in postmenopausal stage are more prone to the condition especially if they have had multiple vaginal deliveries.

Most women who suffer from slight uterine prolapse do not require treatment. But, if the condition causes to experience pains and discomforts, thereby preventing you from going about your normal chores, it is important that you seek medical assistance.

Uterine Prolapse Symptoms

The severity of uterine prolapse may differ from one person to the other. Most women suffering from slight uterine prolapse hardly display signs and symptoms. Listed below, are some of the common signs and symptoms that people suffering from either slight or acute uterine prolapse may display:

–          Lower back aches.

–          Feeling of heavy weight in the pelvic area.

–          Issues with normal bowel movements.

–          Problems with urinary, for example, leakage of urine.

Unless the condition is severe, treatment is not necessary. Nonetheless, if the signs and symptoms deteriorate, thus affecting your daily chores, seek medical assistance.


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