What can you eat to help manage symptoms of mitral prolapse?

In my role as a nutritionist and dietician, I am often asked what the role of food is in treating various conditions. A question I am asked frequently is, 'How can diet help manage symptoms of mitral prolapse'. This article will discuss the role of diet for managing mitral valve prolapse, give practical advice on getting started, show examples of healthy foods and offer additional suggestions.

How Diet can help in mitral valve prolapse management

The condition Mitral Valve Prolapse is caused by a valve that does not close correctly between the left ventricle and the left atrium. Many people who have MVP do not experience symptoms, but some can suffer from chest pains, palpitations and fatigue. Diet can be a major factor in managing symptoms.

Although medication or surgery may be necessary to manage symptoms, lifestyle changes such as diet can have a significant impact. Healthy eating can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as maintain weight. These are all factors which can worsen MVP symptoms when not controlled. It's important to know how a healthy diet can help manage symptoms of mitral prolapse.

Getting started: Important Things to Remember

A heart-healthy eating plan is an excellent starting point for people with MVP. Limiting saturated fats and trans fats as well as sodium, sugary drinks, red meat and sweets is a good way to start. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, adopting a healthy diet can reduce the risk of developing heart disease by 20 percent over ten years.

You should also ensure that you get enough vitamins and minerals. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming fruits, vegetables and whole grains along with lean protein can help you get these essential elements.

Foods that are beneficial for Mitral Valve Prolapse

Other Dietary Suggestions to Mitral Valve Disease

It's important not only to eat healthy foods but also to be mindful of when and how to eat. By eating smaller portions more often throughout the day, you can prevent feeling full which can cause MVP symptoms. Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption, which can cause heart palpitations.


Diet plays an important role in the management of symptoms associated with mitral prolapse. In some cases medication or surgery is necessary, but a diet high in vegetables, fruits, grains, proteins and other healthy foods may help to manage symptoms. Always consult your doctor before making any significant changes to your diet.