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What does follow-up for mitral valve prolapse involve?

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Most people with mitral valve prolapse never experience health problems related to the condition. Experts recommend that people with mitral valve prolapse see a doctor on a regular basis. That way, any developing problems can be found early:

  • Most people with mitral valve prolapse should see a cardiologist every two to three years. They do not need regular echocardiograms.
  • People with mitral valve prolapse and moderate or severe mitral regurgitation should see a doctor and undergo echocardiography every six to 12 months.
  • Echocardiography and a doctor's visit are also recommended if a person develops new symptoms, or if the symptoms change.

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by James Beckerman on January 15, 2020

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