Mitral Valve Prolapse | Diagnosis & Tests


How do I know that I have mitral valve prolapse?

Usually, your doctor will find mitral valve prolapse during a regular exam. When listening to your heart with a stethoscope, your doctor may hear the flap of your mitral valve make a clicking sound. If blood is flowing back into the atrium, your doctor will hear a "whooshing" sound. This sound is called a murmur.

To find out how well your valve is working, your doctor may have you get an echocardiogram. The echocardiogram provides a picture of your heart that shows your valve as the blood flows through it. This can help your doctor decide if you need treatment.


Current Management of Mitral Valve Prolapse by DP Bouknight, MD; RA O'Rourke, MD (American Family Physician June 01, 2000,

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00