I have had a leaky aortic valve for years and years. In 2008 I had quadruple bypass surgery and they were prepared to replace the valve, but when they got in there it wasn't as bad as they thought so they left it alone. Now my mitral valve is also leaky. So far I feel fine. No fatigue or shortness of breath, but I am to watch for it. I see the cardiologist every 6 months and have an echo done. The past few echos have shown no change. I just might be able to live out the rest of my life without having them replaced.
Make sure you see your cardiologist regularly and discuss this with him. Ask him about exercise, how much you can do at what intensity. Exercise is good for the heart, but you don't want to take chances. Ask if you can go to cardiac rehab. Usually that is for patients who have had surgery or stents, but you might be able to get it approved as a precautionary measure. They monitor your heart while you exercise so they know how exercise is effecting your heart. If you have shortness of breath contact your doctor immediately.
Specials, you were very lucky that your first doctor was alert and caught the problem. How did you echo turn out?
To the team. Please be sure to follow up with the next test and doctor. You don't want to take any chances. Losing weight and getting fit is good. Just start out slow, set small goals and as you learn them set more. Use your nutrition tracker it is a great aid to See how you are doing. Good luck with your health and your weight loss. Please keep us informed of how you are doing.
Hi!! Team I so glad to find this team like Leola I don't want cause any stress on my heart I just went to my Primary Doctor and he check my chest several times to be sure what he hearing and he saids my heart is not beating normal so he had do an EKG and the test come out adnormal so I have to get next week to another Doctor to get ECHO.
Leola - welcome. Keep an eye on that leaky valve and make sure your Doctor does. Mine went from mmild to critical and I had to have 2 clips put into my mitral valve this past Jan. Huge difference in how I feel - not so tired, more stamina, much easier to breath, etc. Good luck on your journey here. Set some easy to attain goals rather than one large lofty one so you don't get discouraged but rather encouraged as you achieve your smaller goals. Also, remember to rack your nutrition and exercise - it can be very very helpful. Good Luck.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
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My name is Leola. I'm new to SparkPeople and have joined several different teams. There are so many wonderful ones to choose from! I have a leaky valve. It hasn't caused me any difficulty so far but I do want to get fit and not stress my heart any more than necessary. I'm looking forward to learning and sharing.
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