Mitral Valve Prolapse: Children Who Play Sports
If you have a child with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and are concerned about your child playing in sports activities, talk with your child's doctor.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that participation in sports activities be based on the following guidelines:Reference 1
- If your child does not have symptoms of Reference mitral valve regurgitation Opens New Window and the family has no history of sudden death associated with MVP, your child can likely participate in sports activities without additional special testing.
- If your child has Reference palpitations Opens New Window, an irregular heart rhythm (Reference arrhythmia Opens New Window), near-fainting or fainting episodes, or symptoms of mitral valve regurgitation, he or she needs to be evaluated by a heart specialist before playing in sports activities. Other testing may be needed by people who have these symptoms, including a 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiogram (Holter monitor) and an exercise electrocardiogram. (For more information on these tests, see the Exams and Tests section of the topic Mitral Valve Prolapse.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 20, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology