Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP)
Your doctor may order a chest X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scan to view an image of your heart. An electrocardiogram (ECG) is used to record your heart’s electrical activity and detect abnormal heart rhythms. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce an image of the heart on a monitor. Doppler ultrasound also uses sound waves and can use an enhanced color system to view the heart as it is beating. Cardiac catheterization involves inserting a long narrow tube through a blood vessel into the heart to see how it is working.
Am I at RiskYou may be at risk for MVP if other members of your family have the condition because it can be inherited. People that are born with a hole in their septum or chest wall deformities may also be at risk. People with Marfan’s syndrome or Graves Disease may have an increased risk for developing MVP.
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