PURPOSE: The prevalence of mitral valve prolapse (MVP) has been reported to be between 0.6-21%. We studied unselected population of young athletes who underwent hand held echocardiography as a screening for the prevalence of MVP in the last 4 years in California.
METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 1,742 echocardiograms that were performed as a part of a cardiac screening of teenage athletes in Southern California. The total prevalence of MVP was calculated and stratified based on gender.
RESULTS: A total of 1,172 male and 570 female high school athletes were screened and available in our database. The echocardiographic prevalence of MVP was 0.9%, respectively. The prevalence was similar in both genders (1.2% in male and 0.7% in female athletes).
CONCLUSION: The prevalence of MVP in young unselected population in southern California was found to be less than 1% and was similar in both genders.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: We have found the prevalence of MVP in a young population to be less than 1% and appears to be similar across both age and gender.
DISCLOSURE: Mohammad-Reza Movahed, None.