Prevalence of mitral valvar prolapse in young athletes

Absalom D. Hepner, Holly Morrell, Seaneen Greaves, Jeff Greaves, Mohammad Reza Movahed

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Abstract

Background: The prevalence of mitral valvar prolapse has been reported to be between 0.6 and 21%. The goal of our study was to evaluate its prevalence in young athletes who underwent hand-held echocardiography as a screening mostly in southern California. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 1742 echocardiograms that were performed as a part of a cardiac screening of teenage athletes. The total prevalence of mitral valvar prolapse was calculated and stratified based on gender. Results: We screened a total of 1172 male and 570 female high school athletes. The echocardiographic prevalence of mitral valvar prolapse was 0.9%. The prevalence was similar in both genders, at 1.2% in male and 0.7% in female athletes. Conclusion: The prevalence of mitral valvar prolapse in young athletes mostly in southern California was found to be less than 1%, and was similar in both genders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-404
Number of pages3
JournalCardiology in the Young
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

Keywords

  • Congenital valve disease
  • Echocardiography
  • Epidemiology
  • Screening
  • Teenage athletes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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