Posted 12/9/2014 2:45 PM (GMT -6)
I am a 55 year old male, non-smoker. Very fit. I lift weights pretty seriously and have done for over 20 years. I also run 10 kms a week approx. Recently, I saw a cardiologist because of palpitations and the Holter came back normal: 150 PVC and 20 PAC, The palps seem to have come with a cold I got and then went away when I got better.
I also had a stress test, which the cardio said was "excellent" and an echocardiogram. The echo results were all normal except for trace regurgitation in the Mitral, Tricuspid and Aortic valve. As I understand it, slight leakage is common except in the aortic valve, which should not leak at all. My cardio said that my heart is in "great shape" and that the AI is "minimal". I specifically asked if the aorta and the aortic root were enlarged and he said no. They are normal. He wants me back in a year to recheck.
Still, I am concerned. Does anyone else have this problem? I wonder if weightlifting has damaged my valves.
Thanks for your kind attention!