Slight valve leak common?

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jl8806
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   Posted 10/3/2014 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted this in the anxiety forum but I thought I would copy and paste the post here I guess I'm just looking for some reassurance.

I can post this in the heart section if I need to but when the cardiologist said I had a very slight leaky valve do you think he was telling me that to give me a reason for the small heart murmur? He said that he had a heart murmur as well and that it was bigger than mine. He assured me it was nothing to worry about but then he wants to see me again in a year so that worries me... I know murmurs are very common but they don't always mean a leaky valve. Seems like I read somewhere that lots of people have small leaks as well but I may just be telling myself that to make myself feel better... thanks again every for being so kind and understandingI went back and looked at my paper they give me and under todays diagnosis it just said sinus tachycardia, when I went to take my stress test I was watching the screen while I was waiting and I thought I seen something so that tore my nerves up and myheartbeat got up to like 130 before I even started running lol, its a weird feeling having all those wires hooked up to you. people that have nerves of steel have no idea how luck they are...

jl8806
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   Posted 10/3/2014 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
He told me that I had a strong healthy heart and that I just needsd to relax and maybe try something like yoga and that it I should exercise on the tread mill more

JungRulz
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   Posted 10/3/2014 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jl8806,

The heart has several valves, leaking, or I believe it is commonly known as regurgitation, occurs when a valve seal is less than perfect. But this forum is populated by various members with less than perfect aspects to our hearts, such as arrhythmias or dysrrhythmias. Fortunately for all of us, perfect conditions don't need to exist to be reasonably healthy.

The valves work like check valves, they permit flow in one direction then close to prevent the blood from returning. Alas, sometimes the seal is less than perfect and regurgitation results. Mitral Valve Prolapse is well known and rather common, and if the prolapse is significant enough, some regurgitation occurs. This type of situation can be visualized on Echo Cardiograms. Did your doctor say which valve?

Sinus tachycardia means that your heart was functioning in a regular rhythm at a rate over 100 beats per minute. Like you said, adrenaline can easily cause it to go above 100, exercise, etc.

Yearly visits are pretty generous, if he wanted to see you every 3 months or every 6 months, it may be because he was afraid something is deteriorating, but yearly, no, those are routine visits and he can check to be sure nothing changed, and I'm betting he doesn't expect any changes.

What made you go to the doctor to begin with?

jl8806
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   Posted 10/3/2014 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a funny feeling in my chest/throat sometimes, I tried to explain it in the anxiety forum, sometimes I feel like it is kind of a hard heart beat that kinda radiates up my throat then other times I think it may be something to do with my acid reflux, when I have it my anxiety kicks in and my heartbeat gets up, I've never had a feeling I can't really describe like this before, it's not painful it just kinda freaks me out. I had went almost a month and a half with out having the feeling till the other day and I've had it twice since then. Makes me think maybe something I'm doing is triggering it. If I knew for sure it wasnt my heart doing it I feel like I could get rid of most of my anxiety.

Post Edited (jl8806) : 10/4/2014 5:57:22 AM (GMT-6)


jl8806
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   Posted 10/3/2014 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
And no he never said what valve, he didn't seem concerned about it at all, that's why I was wondering why he even told me unless he was just telling me the reason for the murmur...

JungRulz
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   Posted 10/4/2014 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Premature heart beats are quite common, but when anyone first becomes aware of them, they should see a doctor, as you already have done. Awareness of the heart and premature beats are common in anxiety as well (I suffer from anxiety issues and premature heart beats as well). I agree with you, the murmur is probably what he heard and the leakage or regurgitation probably is his way of telling you more about the nature of the murmur.

If you have premature beats, avoid caffeine and chocolate, cigarettes, foods with a lot of MSG, excess sugar, and be sure to get enough sleep. If they continue, follow up with your doctor and feel free to discuss what you are experiencing on this forum.
"You are what you do, not what you say you'll do"
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