Mitral valve prolapse is where the mitral valve does not close properly, allowing blood to flow backwards back into the heart.
This puts strain on the heart because there is a greatly increased volume of blood in the heart (the blood coming into the heart plus the backflow of blood that was supposed to be pumped out the heart). The increased volume of blood leads to an increased pressure inside the heart. This overworks the heart and can eventually lead to heart failure. During heart failure, not enough blood is pumped to the body tissues, including the brain. When the brain doesn’t get enough blood, the person has a “black out”.
Mitral valve prolapse can be caused by a defect in connective tissue metabolism (an inherited genetic disorder) and can also occur in Marfan’s syndrome (Marfan’s syndrome is a genetic abnormality where a baby is born with many heart defects, one of which is mitral valve prolapse). If this applies to you, the relevant chapter to read is “Genetically Inherited Diseases” on page. 153 Infections can cause mitral valve prolapse (this is explained under Infective Endocarditis later on in this chapter). Mitral valve prolapse is a fast growing disease and in most people the above causes are not found.
A person with mitral valve prolapse often has disease in the other valves on the right side of the heart as well. The mechanism behind mitral prolapse is very similar to abnormal heart rhythms explained above. Remember the hypothalamus is the area in your brain that is the connection between the mind and the body – it translates everything that is going on in your thought life into a physical reaction. A thought life dominated by fear, anxiety and stress will put the body into a toxic state of stage 2 and 3 of stress where a whole sequence of reactions is set in motion through the hypothalamus. One of the consequences is an imbalance in the central nervous system leading to misfiring of the nerve that controls the mitral valve. The valve doesn’t close properly and you end up with prolapse.
Normally blood flow through your heart and blood vessels is smooth or stream line. When valves are not functioning properly, such as with mitral valve prolapse, the blood flow past the valves is turbulent (like rough water in a rapid). Turbulent flow causes the blood to form clots. These clots are pumped out of the heart and can end up blocking smaller blood vessels in your body, resulting in death of the area of tissue that that blood vessel was supposed to supply. This can result in strokes (blood supply to an area of brain is blocked by the clot) and DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in the legs. A prolapsed mitral valve often gets infected. This is a result of high levels of the stress hormone cortisol which weakens the immune system, thus leaving the body with little defense against infections.
To eradicate mitral valve prolapse, you need to deal with the toxic mindset of fear, anxiety and stress causing it. The chapter on page 523 will help you. When your mind is at peace, the stage 2 and 3 stress reaction will be broken and the imbalance in the central nervous system will be restored. As a result the nerves that stimulate the mitral valve will function normally again and your mitral valve will no longer prolapse.
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