Posted 5/30/2011 6:29 AM (GMT -7)
Hi all. I'll try to be brief. Husband (48) extremely physically fit, diagnosed with severe leaking aortic valve...will need open heart eventually to replace vavle but can wait...according to Mayo visit in February (We live in Chicago).
He has symptoms daily....almost all of the ones on the list but his pulse is quite low. Here are a list of symptoms that are common:
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
He hasn't fainted, but has been light headed...does not have swollen feet (He is very thin) and as I mentioned, his pulse rate is low, not high.
Mayo said to come back once a year to check everything. His leak is quite severe, but some of the other chamber measurements aren't severe yet....when the chambers start measuring severe....they will do the surgery.
I guess my questions are: Why is his pulse rate low? and also, should we touch base with the doctor? I fell like if we wait until the year is up, he may die. I wonder if these symptoms can kill him. I am just worried...it is a bit scary. Any words of wisdom and comfort always seem to help me. Thanks.