Women with Mitral Valve Prolapse More Flexible

Hyperlaxity signs five times as common in women with mitral valve prolapse than other women

MONDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Women with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) are more flexible and hypermobile than women without MVP, researchers report in the October issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Claudio Gil Soares de Araujo, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at Clinimex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, analyzed data from 125 women, 31 of them with MVP. The researchers evaluated passive joint motion in 20 body movements using three laxity tests and Flexitest -- a range-of-motion tool that examines 20 joint movements.

Hyperlaxity signs were five times as common in women with MVP as women without the condition. The Flexindex was higher in the women with MVP, and the Flexitest scores were higher in 13 out of 20 movements, for the women with MVP.

"Women with MVP were lighter, less endomorphic and mesomorphic, and more linear," the researchers found. "Flexitest, alone or combined with hyperlaxity tests, may be useful in the assessment of adult women with MVP," the authors write.

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