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Who Is at Risk for Mitral Valve Prolapse?

Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) affects people of all ages and both sexes. MVP that causes complications or severe symptoms most often occurs in men older than 50.

Certain conditions increase the risk of MVP, including:

  • Connective tissue disorders, such as Marfan syndrome
  • Scoliosis (SKO-le-O-sis) and other skeletal problems
  • Some types of muscular dystrophy
  • Graves disease
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July 1, 2011