I have Leaking Heart Valve!

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   Posted 5/22/2011 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I had severe palpitations in March this year and was diagnosed with heart mumur and a moderate leaky heart valve.
The palpitations have virtually gone away albeit for the occasional skipped beat, which I have had all my life. I am 71.
If this valve problem deteriorates within the next 3/6 months I will need to consider a valve repair.

But now I wake up in the middle of the night and my heart beats quite fast and loud approx 75/80 min when I check plulse. I thought that the heart rate really slows down when sleeping. My normal heart rate is 60 min during the day sitting standing just doing normal things. My blood pressure is absolutely normal.

Can anyone relate to waking up due to a fast heart beat? Strange, maybe it's a sign to go back to the cardiologist and that my leaky valve is getting worse.



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   Posted 5/22/2011 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Papeter,

I am not familiar with heart problems, but wanted to welcome you to the forum. It is kind of slow on the weekends so keep checking back for a response. I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 5/22/2011 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen

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   Posted 5/25/2011 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Peter and a warm welcome to HealingWell,
I am sorry to hear of your heart disease.  You may want to try sleeping with your head elevated on 2 pillows.  When you're lying down your heart muscle needs to work harder to pump blood and oxygen through your body.  This may be the casue of your heartrate being a bit higher when you are sleeping.
It is possible that you have high blood pressure.  I would make the appointment with your Cardiologist and let him check you out.
I wish you peace,
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   Posted 5/25/2011 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt,

Thanks for reply. I had my blood pressure tested in early April and it was absolutely normal.

I will try the 2 pillow test, I actually have 2 pillows but the bottom one is not thick, so I'll
get a thicker pillow.

I noticed in the last few days since posting this that my heart rate isn't racing when I awake
and am wondering if there is some anxiety going on. The mind can play tricks on us.

Best regards


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   Posted 5/30/2011 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Peter,
I would touch base with your doctor.  The following are possible symptoms of a leaking valve:

Some of the most common symptoms of leaky heart valves are:

  • Shortness of breath, especially with exertion or when you lie down
  • Fatigue, especially during times of increased activity
  • Cough, especially at night or when lying down
  • Heart palpitations — sensations of a rapid, fluttering heartbeat
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Heart murmur
  • Excessive urination
  • Chest pain (angina) or tightness
  • Feeling faint or fainting with exertion
  • Dizziness

Which valve did they say it was that you have leaking?

My husband (48, and very fit) has a severe leaking aortic valve and it is a matter of time (depending on chamber measurements) before he will need to have it replaced.  Every night he suffers from heart beating super fast, chest pain, ect.  I told him I want to get a recliner so that when he has these symptoms, he can sleep reclined in it but not lie flat.

I am sorry you are going through this but want to encourage you that modern medicine/ technology is incredible.  With your doctors' care, you should be fine, even with replacement. 

Take Care and God Bless!

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