Is Mitral Valve Prolapse a disqualifying medical condition?
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    Is Mitral Valve Prolapse a disqualifying medical condition?

    I talked to my recruiter and he doesn't really know, he said he's looking into it. I rarely have chest pains and thats it, thats the only symptoms I have. I can work out and do all that with no problem (exercise actually makes the pain go away). Will I be alright or will I be medically disqualified? I want to be a Marine so badly but I'm worried they'll tell me I can't join.. I know you can get in if you have a heart murmur and this condition is pretty much all that is. Thanks for any help

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    Military Medical Standards for Enlistment & Appointment

    Heart and Vascular System

    Updated June 10, 2009
    The disqualifying medical conditions are listed below. The International Classification of Disease (ICD) codes are listed in parentheses following each standard. The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction (without an approved waiver) are an authenticated history of:

    Current or history of all valvular heart diseases, congenital (746) or acquired (394), including those improved by surgery, are disqualifying. Mitral valve prolapse or bicuspid aortic valve is not disqualifying unless there is associated tachyarrhythmia, mitral regurgitation, aortic stenosis, insufficiency, or cardiomegaly.

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    also if you have any of these problems i would say yes,,

    Many patients with mitral valve prolapse do not have symptoms. The group of symptoms found in patients with mitral valve prolapse is called "mitral valve prolapse syndrome" and includes:

    Sensation of feeling the heart beat (palpitations)
    Chest pain (not caused by coronary artery disease or a heart attack)
    Difficulty breathing after activity
    Shortness of breath when lying flat (orthopnea)

    Note: There may be no symptoms, or symptoms may develop slowly.

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    Take care of your health first and foremost Austin.

    Best of luck to you...

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    I have chest pains once in a blue moon.. it doesn't happen very often. I really want to be a Marine but I don't want to be a burden to fellow Marines if something were to happen.. I don't know what to do

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    That is the only symptom I have, chest pains. Other than that I'm a healthy, physically fit kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhode Island View Post
    Take care of your health first and foremost Austin.

    Best of luck to you...
    Does this mean I shouldn't join? Even IF I can make it through meps, would it still be a bad idea to join?

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