Mitral Valve Prolapse
What Increases Your Risk
If someone in your family has Reference mitral valve prolapse Opens New Window (MVP), you are more likely to develop it yourself.
Any change in the shape of the valve can increase your risk of MVP. These changes can result from a birth (congenital) defect or a disease that affects the parts of the heart or how the heart works.
Diseases that increase your risk of developing MVP
Diseases that damage the mitral valve or affect the parts of the heart or how the heart works may increase your risk of getting MVP. But this cause is not common. Examples of these diseases include:
- Connective tissue disorders, such as Reference lupus Opens New Window (systemic lupus erythematosus).
- Reference Hyperthyroidism Opens New Window, a disease of the thyroid gland.
- Reference Osteogenesis imperfecta Opens New Window, a problem that causes fragile bones.
Factors that may increase the risk for MVP complications
- Being male. Men with MVP are more likely than women to have complications.
- Age. Older people who have MVP are more likely than younger people to have complications.
- Family history. Those who have a family member with MVP are more likely to have complications.
- Structural abnormalities. Those who have thickened valve flaps (leaflets) are more likely to have complications.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 4, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology