A Prolapsed Heart Valve is a heart disease that involves the displacement of a heart valve leading to cardiac problems. Valves normally open and close in a rhythmic manner to ensure proper circulation of blood flow in and out of the heart. With a Prolapsed Heart Valve, the abnormally enlarged valve does not open and close correctly, disrupting blood flow. Sometimes, the Prolapsed Heart Valve allows small amounts of blood to leak backward when the valve does not close normally. This backward leakage is called “regurgitation”? and may cause an unusual sound called a “heart murmur”?. A Prolapsed Heart Valve is usually treated with medication, but in severe cases, can result in heart failure or death. A Mitral Valve Prolapse is the most common cardiac problem and may affect 5 to 20 percent of the population.

Most people with a Prolapsed Heart Valve do not experience symptoms. However, some people experience brief symptoms that may indicate a cardiac problem, including:

  • Heart palpitations (rapid heartbeat)
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Light- headedness
  • Undue anxiety and inexplicable pains
  • Loss of consciousness

A Prolapsed Heart Valve is a side effect of Paxil, an anti-depressant drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Other serious Paxil side effects include Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH), Birth Defects, and a number of other heart problems.

Injured by a Prolapsed Heart Valve? Contact one of our Paxil and Prolapsed Heart Valve injury attorneys today for a free and confidential case evaluation. You or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Published November 17, 2011 by