"Natural histories" of mitral valve prolapse. Influence of patient selection on cardiovascular event rates
Mitral Valve Prolapse
In a population of mitral valve prolapse patients, including many with significant mitral regurgitation at baseline, we identified similar predictors of events but an overall event rate nearly 3 times higher than that we previously reported for relatively unselected patients or family members in New York City (1/100 patient-years). Therefore, the impact of patient selection on the prevalence of mitral regurgitation, older age and male gender strongly affects the adversity of the "natural history" of mitral valve prolapse.