Ask The Doctors – March 2024


Q. I have mild mitral valve prolapse. My daughter is having palpitations, and I’m worried she might have a prolapsed valve. Is this a genetic condition?


Mitral valve prolapse in itself is not caused by a genetic abnormality. However, it is genetically linked to connective tissue disorders such as Marfan’s syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. If you do not share a connective tissue disorder, she cannot inherit mitral valve prolapse from you. If either of you have a connective tissue disorder, she should have a screening echocardiogram to evaluate the health of her mitral valve. If her palpitations continue, and particularly if they grow in frequency or severity, she should see a cardiologist.

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