Are Women More Likely to Have Mitral Valve Prolapse?

Q:
Are women more likely to have mitral valve prolapse?

A:
Mitral valve prolapse is a fairly common medical problem. In most people with mitral valve prolapse, the cause is unknown. The most common cause of mitral valve prolapse is abnormally stretchy valve leaflets.

Women are far more likely than men to be diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse. Interestingly, there is even a typical body type for sufferers: a slender young female with long, tapering fingers and a model’s figure. Men can also have the condition, and the majority seem to fit the standard profile.

The study also pointed out that patients with mitral valve prolapse have a significantly higher risk of anxiety disorders, especially women under the age of 30 who are at the highest risk, which is about 15 times higher than the general population.

Please consult your doctor for more details.

 

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