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Prevalence of mitral valvar prolapse in young athletes

  • Absalom D. Hepner (a1), Holly Morrell (a2), Seaneen Greaves (a2), Jeff Greaves (a2) and Mohammad Reza Movahed (a3) (a4) (a2)...
Abstract
AbstractBackground

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.

Copyright
Corresponding author
Correspondence to: M. Reza Movahed, MD, PhD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, 1501 N Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85745, USA. Tel: (520) 626 6223; Fax: (520) 626 5181; E-mail: rmovahed@email.arizona.edu; rmova@aol.com
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