Barlow’s Syndrome

Below you will find more information about Barlow’s Syndrome from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Barlow’s Syndrome it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Barlow’s Syndrome and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Barlow’s Syndrome comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Barlow's syndrome is a relatively common congenital heart disorder in which one or both of the mitral valve's leaflets abnormally protrude into the left atrium during systole. Barlow's syndrome is also known as mitral valve prolapse.

Diagnosis

A standard physical exam can usually lead to a diagnosis of Barlow's syndrome. If a physician hears a characteristic clicking sound or heart murmur through a stethoscope, Barlow's syndrome is almost invariably present. An electrocardiograph or ECG may be done to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment

Most patients with Barlow's syndrome live with the disorder their entire lives without requiring treatment. In cases where the disorder manifests with symptoms, medications such as preventive antibiotics and anti-blood pressure drugs may be used, particularly when mitral regurgitation is involved. Surgical intervention to correct or replace the mitral valve is very rarely needed.

Symptoms and Signs

Most individuals with Barlow's syndrome never develop symptoms, not even a heart murmur. The condition is considered harmless in most cases. If patients do develop symptoms, they usually come in the form of a heart murmur, a characteristic clicking sound heard through a stethoscope, mitral regurgitation, shortness of breath, dizziness, rapid and irregular heartbeat, chest pains, and other mild symptoms.

Causes

Barlow's syndrome is a congenital disorder present at birth. It is also believed to be caused by underlying conditions such as rheumatic fever.

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