Heart Murmur

Topic Title: Heart Murmur
Created On: 08/26/2002 04:57 PM

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 02/06/2003 05:50 PM

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I just received disturbing news today that I need heart valve replacement after having my echocardiogram done. My Mitral valve is not fully closing causing regurgitation. I am learning that there is valve repair, and valve replacement. Talking to my doctor it sounds as though the problem is severe enough to require valve replacement. Up to now I have only noticed the problem with fairly strenuous exertion causing me to be light headed and dizzy. Now that I understand what is happening, I am just not getting enough blood flow while exercising. I am trying to determine what is the best direction to take. What are my options? What are the risks? Can surgery be avoided with medication? If I have valve repair, what are the consequences? If I have valve replacement what are the consequences? I am in pretty good shape after losing 70lbs over the last 15 months. I have been exercising 5-7 days per week both aerobic and weight lifting. Would this lead to the problem? I did know that I had a heart murmur for many years, but it never seemed to bother me. I am at normal weight, 5ft 9in & 170lbs, non smoker, non drugs. Normal cholesterol. Blood pressure 100/60. I am currently on no medication, although last year I was taking cholesterol medicine and high blood pressure medicine. This was all attributed to being overweight. Any help or guidance would be appreciated.
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 12/02/2002 10:56 PM

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Greetings! Hope all is going well. I was 54 when I had an Echocardiogram. I was told I had a Heart Murmur as a young teenager getting a physical for school sports. I did not think much of it and it really was never much of a problem. Played sports throughout my school career & I served in the Navy. In my early 50's I started noticing a shortness of breath but I just felt it was because of my Smoking habit that started in the Navy. It got worse, a lot worse. I thought I had lung disease because of my Smoking. It progressed to the point that I could barely walk across the street without stopping to breathe. My Heart Murmur was because of a bad aortic valve that calcified as I got older. The good news is 3 years ago the Echocardiogram identified the problem and I went through aortic valve replacement surgery and I feel great. I am back to exercising and enjoying life again.
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 10/18/2002 03:10 PM

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Is there a way for a Heart Murmur to go undetected? Is it easy for a doctor to diagnose? If it does go undetected, what sort of damage can it cause?
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 09/06/2002 02:45 PM

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No need to be afraid...while I've never had an echocardiogram myself, I have accompanied quite a few family members to the Dr. for theirs. Basically, an echocardiogram is an ultrasound for your heart, so there is no surgery or anything internal involved. They basically put the gel on your chest and hold the scanning device to your chest in order to examine your valves, blood flow, etc. Good luck!
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 08/26/2002 04:57 PM

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I went to the Drs. today for a physical. I am a 48 year woman. I have had heart palpitations for at least 20 years. I have complained to drs, but they felt it was anxiety. Today, I mentioned it again. I have been feeling dizzy, tired lightheaded and last week while waxing my floor, I had another episode. I had to quit doing what I was doing, go sit and try to breath thru this. Today he listend to my heart, and said I might have a leaky valve. He was going to refer me to a cardilogist (sp) and get a echo cardigram. What is this?
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