Aortic regurgitation questions/concerns

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Mrs.Worried
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   Posted 4/18/2017 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new here. First post. I'm a 27 (nearly 28) year old woman. Healthy, somewhat active, but overweight (I'm working on it). Earlier this year I was diagnosed with GAD after having a few episodes of fast heart beat, nausea, chest pains, and feeling panicked. I'd been to the ER several times. Several EKGs, blood works, and chest X-rays all came back good, hence the GAD diagnosis. I pressed my GP for a cardio referral just to put my mind at ease. Cardio doc said he agreed with the GAD diagnosis but went ahead and ordered a treadmill stress test and an echo. My stress test was perfect. All good there. His office just called this morning with the echo results and said there was mild/moderate aortic regurgitation but it was nothing to worry about, just come back for yearly echos to monitor it.

I'm freaking out now (yah anxiety) and I couldn't help googling (I know, it's terrible) and now I'm even more worried. He didn't want to see me again but I have so many concerns now. Will this get worse? Should I be doing something? Meds? Work out restrictions? Food restrictions?

I'm just looking for support I suppose. Reassurance or hearing others experiences with this. Thank you in advance!!

straydog
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   Posted 4/18/2017 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mrs. Worried. I happened across your post here & wanted to reply. Yep, you are freaking out after the phone call from the drs office. However, take as many long deep breaths as you need, bottom line is this is not as abnormal as your mind is telling you right now. I promise you, if you were at any kind of risk the drs office would have said, we need to schedule you an appt to come in & see the dr.. Millions of people have this & keep on living their life as usual. All they do is have the echo done yearly to monitor the valve.

I am one of those millions that was dx'd in my 20's & I am almost 64 years old. I am from the bad gene pool as I call it. Long family history of heart issues on both sides of the family. Prior to discovering the valve issue, I had a history of uncontrolled high blood pressure. Now, I make sure to keep it in check as it can affect the valve.

Word of advise, stay off of Dr. Google, he never diagnoses people right. If anything he sends people off on wild goose chases for stuff not even related. A lot of unnecessary grief. Your anxiety, keep it in check, don't let it rob you of living with the "what if" type of thing. If you want accurate info about aortic regurg go to the Mayo Clinics web site & read about it there.

I am on no medication for this, I do try to eat as healthy as I can & I also go on about living my life. The only time I think about it is when I need a new echo done. Working out is great, go for it, remember you need to keep on doing what you always do activity wise. There is nothing special to do here.

Except for this glitch you have a green light light. One of my favorite sayings is "don't waste today worrying about tomorrow, there is no guarantee there will be a tomorrow."

Take care.
Susie
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Mrs.Worried
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   Posted 4/19/2017 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your response. It makes me feel a lot better about all of this. I know I need to stay off Google, and I'm working on that. It's odd because I have no family history of any heart defects or valve defects. Guess it's gotta start somewhere. My BP is good and has always been. I'm working on losing weight and keeping my body moving. I think I'll feel better after some reassurance from my GP.

It's so nice to know you've had this for so long and haven't gotten worse. I keep telling myself I'll be that person as well and if not, we'll deal with it.

Thanks again!

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 4/19/2017 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
sending healing thoughts.

straydog
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   Posted 4/19/2017 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Mrs. Worried, I would not had have a clue about the valve except because of BP problems & was referred to a cardiologist. Believe me, there are so many people walking around today with this problem & they have no idea about it. Some may never find out & the ones that will, it will be by accident, lol.

In all honesty your anxiety is more of an issue than the valve. The anxiety can trigger so many different things that sends people into a frantic tailspin, & its all for nothing. It is just one of those things that happen whether there is a family history or not. Kind of like a person that is physically fit, eats healthy & doing all of the right things, then boom, they have a heart attack. Now, that person never in a million years would have ever considered something like that happening but it happens al the time. So, give yourself time to process this & move on with life.

Take care.
Susie
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Mrs.Worried
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   Posted 4/19/2017 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Straydog, thank you so much for your comments. Seriously, they've helped a lot. My brother-in-laws mother runs one of the most prestigious heart hospitals around and she offered to show my echo report to the highest rated cardiologist in the state, just for reassurance. She's doing that tomorrow. I also see my GP tomorrow and have him go over the report as well. He's a great doc that handles my anxiety so well. Im feeling much better today and hopefully even better after tomorrow.

Redundant, but thank you again!

TroubledTurds
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   Posted 4/20/2017 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
listen to your doc and stop worrying - you'll be ok - time will help get past the initial shock of finding out your body does not always do what you want it to -

good luck and go live your life smile
dx'd with pancolitis 12/21/03
current supplements:vit D, cal/mag, Psyllium Seed powder/Heather's Acacia fiber/ L-Glutamine/Hemp powder slurry 1x/week - grain free/paleoish diet that includes 100% grass fed beef, raw goat milk, & local organic free range eggs, lots of all natural well water, exercise, sleep as much as possible & enjoy this great life that God has blessed me with !
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