Understanding the Cause and Reacting in a Crisis
Mitral Value Prolapse, also called click-murmur syndrome, is a heart problem that often goes undiagnosed.
Many patients with MVP have no symptoms, so theJessica_Circle_Braidscondition is only discovered through medical examinations such as an electrocardiogram, x-ray, MRI, CT or a sharp-eared doctor who hears the mid-systolic click that indicates a murmur.
Most of these tests are not performed on the average teen, so the condition often goes undiagnosed, as it did with Jessica Clinton. When she collapsed and fell to the ground, her heart stopped beating—but had there been an Automated External Defibrillator on hand she might be alive today.
The AED is a simple, easy to use medical device with a built-in heart rhythm analyzer. It’s virtually fool-proof and once the device is opened a voice prompt guides the user through operation. If the patient’s heart activity does not warrant defibrillation, the device will not become electrified, even if the operator inadvertently pushes the shock button.
Unfortunately, only a handful of the schools and parks in Saint Lucie County have an AED on hand—the goal of The Jessica Clinton MVP Foundation is to put one in every location.
You can help—Make a donation to the foundation today …help us save another child’s life tomorrow.
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