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Old 10-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Mitral Valve Prolapse heart murmur and ABX in labor?

anybody have any info on this?

I was told I have a mitral valve prolapse like 6 mos ago. I've never had a heart murmur before, but BOTH of my parents have one, so I'm not surprised I've developed one.

The doc didn't "officially" diagnose me b/c they need to do an u/s to diagnose (???) but he said I do have it.

Anyway, MW says I will need ABX during labor b/c of this.

I had an IV bag of ABX w/my ODD in labor b/c of GBS. And we had a year of thrush.

I am really NOT okay with IV ABX and I am trying to figure out

1) WHY I need it? (my MW had a hard time explaining this, but we only discussed it in passing at the time b/c I had not contacted my doc's office to see whether I for sure had it or not)

2) What are the possible effects of NOT consenting to it?

Anybody know?

I'm really upset.

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Old 10-04-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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Re: Mitrol Valve Prolapse heart murmur and ABX in labor?

Strange. I have had MVP for years (nothing serious) and this was never mentioned with any of my 3 babies.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #3
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Re: Mitral Valve Prolapse heart murmur and ABX in labor?

What symptoms does one have with MVP?

I know nothing of anything about this, just curious.
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Re: Mitral Valve Prolapse heart murmur and ABX in labor?

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What symptoms does one have with MVP?

I know nothing of anything about this, just curious.
well, I had kidney stones after my last baby, and my MW says sometimes stuff like that can cause you to develop this, esp if you are pre-disposed, which I am since both parents have it.

I notice I tire easier than before.

And at bedtime when I lay down, my heart is sometimes racing so fast I can't catch my breath - even though I'm laying down and doing nothing and haven't been exerting myself. It can take a while - like 5-10 mins - for my heart to calm down. If I get really upset or stressed, my heart thumps like it's gonna flop out of my chest.

Basically the way the doc explained it is that I have a leaky valve between chambers of the heart and so it doesn't seal off completely like it should and it can cause the blood to flow the wrong way a tiny bit (it's supposed to seal off so the blood only pumps one direction, mine leaks and so sometimes the blood can come back the wrong way.)
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Re: Mitral Valve Prolapse heart murmur and ABX in labor?

Geez. Is that dangerous? I mean, can it be life threatening or anything?
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Re: Mitral Valve Prolapse heart murmur and ABX in labor?

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Geez. Is that dangerous? I mean, can it be life threatening or anything?
I think it CAN be, but for the majority of ppl, no it is not.

In fact, from some of the stuff I've read a great number of people will have it and never even know.
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Re: Mitral Valve Prolapse heart murmur and ABX in labor?

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I think it CAN be, but for the majority of ppl, no it is not.

In fact, from some of the stuff I've read a great number of people will have it and never even know.
I have it and didn't even know it. It showed up at the end of my first pregnancy because of the racing heart rate and they dismissed it as just being a side effect of pregnancy. It showed up again in my second pregnancy at the end and I went to a cardiologist where it was diagnosed and he said that because my symptoms only present when really pregnant 8+ they would do nothing and I did not have antibiotics for either vaginal delivery.
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I have had mvp my entire life but never need abx during labor. Just during dental work. If bacteria enter your bloodstream it can infect the valve of your heart and cause heart failure.

Current recommendations now are that abx are not even needed during dental work for those with mvp, the risk is small. I have mvp and tvp so I opt for them during dental work. Lots of bacteria enter the blood stream during dental work but not labor.

I would get the opinion of an OB. It just isnt needed.
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I had a very leaky aortic valve. I had to have open heart surgery at 30 to have it replaced. I had 4 kids by then. The old recommendations were antibiotics in labor, they no longer are according to my cardiologist. I did get IV abx with #5 but since then just an oral dose of Kelfex about 12 hours post delivery.

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I had a very leaky aortic valve. I had to have open heart surgery at 30 to have it replaced. I had 4 kids by then. The old recommendations were antibiotics in labor, they no longer are according to my cardiologist. I did get IV abx with #5 but since then just an oral dose of Kelfex about 12 hours post delivery.

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Dang! This stuff is insane! :/ So sorry for all of you that have/have had health problems.

Did you have any symptoms with your leaky aortic valve?

Sorry for all the questions, I'm just SUPER interested in health stuff. It's fascinating to me.
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