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How does mitral valve prolapse happen?

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This condition is commonly called a leaky heart valve. The mitral valve lets blood flow from one chamber of the heart to another. Sometimes the valve slips backward loosely into a chamber for some reason. Most cases of mitral valve prolapse are not serious.

From: Mitral Valve Prolapse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Freed, L. , 1999; vol 341: pp 1-7. New England Journal of Medicine

Flack, J. , 1999; vol 138: pp 486-492. American Heart Journal

Bonow, R. , 2008; vol 118: pp 523-661. Circulation

Boudoulas, H. 1989; vol 118: pp 796-818. American Heart Journal,

Avierinos, J. , 2002; vol 106: pp 1355-1361. Circulation

Wilson, W. 2007; vol 116: pp 1736-1754. Circulation,

Vahanian, A. 2007; vol 28: pp 230-268. European Heart Journal,

Libby, P. 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine,

Delling, F. , 129: pp 2158-2170. Circulation

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

SOURCES:

Freed, L. , 1999; vol 341: pp 1-7. New England Journal of Medicine

Flack, J. , 1999; vol 138: pp 486-492. American Heart Journal

Bonow, R. , 2008; vol 118: pp 523-661. Circulation

Boudoulas, H. 1989; vol 118: pp 796-818. American Heart Journal,

Avierinos, J. , 2002; vol 106: pp 1355-1361. Circulation

Wilson, W. 2007; vol 116: pp 1736-1754. Circulation,

Vahanian, A. 2007; vol 28: pp 230-268. European Heart Journal,

Libby, P. 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine,

Delling, F. , 129: pp 2158-2170. Circulation

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

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