Mitral valve regurgitation - young adult

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   Posted 6/9/2014 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 25 years old and I had a successful mitral valve repair about 12 years ago due to regurgitation that I was apparently born with. I am an otherwise healthy and active individual. I have been maintaining echo appointments about every 2 years and the amount of regurgitation has stayed consistently minimal with no restrictions on daily activity. I am looking for opinions on the general progression of mitral valve regurgitation in people of my age and circumstances. I have been told that mitral valve repairs tend to have good long-term results, but that I am some-what of a "wait and see" study because of the rarity of such repair at a young age.

I am looking for general opinions on what a case like mine might look like in the long-term. I am not seeking emergency medical advice.

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   Posted 6/14/2014 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Depew,

Sorry to see that no one has answered yet, have you found out anything elsewhere? From what I could see there are variables, such as the exent and nature of the repairs, making general opinions difficult. With assessments every two years and no restrictions on activity, you have good reason to be assured.

Though I've not read that watching weight and blood pressure is recommended, it may be best to keep active according to your doctor's advice, as well as waching your diet to prevent the gain in weight that so many of us experience as we age, same too with keeping cholesterol within the guidelines provided by your doctor. Atherosclerosis reduces the opening in the vessels, making the heart work harder to pump blood.

I've been afflicted by PVCs all my life, I can't smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or coffee, eat much chocolate, take cold medicines, and a bunch of other limitations. But if I do cheat, my heart rhythm disturbance quickly puts me back into line with its needs. High blood pressure and atherosclerosis are sneakier than that, you have to remain vigilant.

Keep in touch with your doctor and ask if you should be doing anything different to protect your future health proactively.

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   Posted 6/15/2014 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Depew,
Welcome to HealingWell.  Congratulations - 12 years and all is well, that is truly great for you.
I am going to link you to Cleveland Clinic as they are considered number one by many when it comes to heart disease.  The site is huge so get your shovel ready and dig for info that will help you with your concerns.
After reading do post any specific questions you may have.
My personal experience was from my 79 year old sister's sister's heart surgery for mitral valve failure.  The cardiologist was good but I wish I could have sent her to Cleveland Clinic but she was not well enough.
I look forward to getting to know you better.
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