Mina Soffer-Mental Health Counselor
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Mina Soffer, LMHC

Mina Soffer, L.M.H.C. is another unique part of the Soffer Heart Institute. Mina has trained in psychotherapy in the mid 80’s and even then realized the importance of the heart/mind connection. Now the medical community has caught up to her vision of using stress reduction techniques to augment traditional cardiovascular treatment. More and more studies are showing that stress is a huge factor in getting and ultimately worsening heart disease. Therefore she has a unique skill as a psychotherapist to specialize in reducing one of the biggest risk factors in heart disease and its progression in our society. This association with many cardiologist through the years has led her to be able to treat cardiac patients and prevent many from becoming them. This makes the Soffer Heart Institute one of the only practices in the country to have a true “cardiac psychology” treatment philosophy.

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Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
What is Mitral Valve Prolapse?
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common heart irregularity. It has been estimated to occur in as many as 5% of the American population. The condition is generally not life threatening and the majority of patients have no symptoms.

The heart has two valves on each side. The valves purpose is to make sure that blood flows through the heart the right direction. They act like a one way door. Mitral valve prolapse occurs when the mitral valve flaps do not close properly. As pressure builds inside the left ventricle (chamber) it pushes the mitral valve back ("billow") into the left atrium (upper chamber) which may cause a small leak backwards.

Mitral valve prolapse is also called the "click murmur syndrome" due to the click murmur heart sound that can be heard with a stethoscope.

Mitral valve prolapse tend to run in families and many people have mild MVP that has not been detected.
Diagram of a Normal Heart Diagram of an Abnormal Heart

Common Symptoms of Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome and Dysautonomia

Many people with MVP complain of a set of symptoms due to their condition.  These symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue: Becoming easily tired, or exhausted. May be chronic. It is the number one complaints of people with Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome.
  • Cardiac: Palpitations, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, shortness of breath.
  • Gastrointestinal: Irritable bowel Syndrome (IBS) , spastic colon, esophageal reflux.
  • Psychological: Mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, feeling of impending doom avoiding certain places or situations, depression and sadness.
  • Vascular: Cold hands and feet, increased sensitivity to heartbeat and other body functions, such as sounds, smells, and temperature changes.
  • Headaches: Migraines and other headaches.
  • Sleep disorders: Inability to fall asleep, problems staying asleep and night time anxiety attacks.
  • Panic Attacks: A sudden feeling of impending doom. Difficulty in breathing, palpitations, chest pain, sensation of choking, dizziness, feeling of unreality, faintness and the fear of going crazy.
  • Depression: the loss of interest or pleasure. Loss of appetite or overeating, difficulty in concentration, decision making, and thoughts of death.
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