Concerned by aortic regurg!

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Elisa Lee
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   Posted 2/26/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 36 year old woman with two young kids. A few years ago I started to have this symtom of chest pain, shortness of breath, hand and feet sweating. This happens often on the night but can happen at day time also. Initially I was told it was panic attack but later ultrasound detected mild aortic valve regurgitation. And heart murmur is also heard during routine visit.  Dr. said I don't need to worry, just do regular exersise and check up after 5 years.
Otherwise I am in good health, no smoking, no drinking, although a little bit overweight (5'3 and 125lb) and do not always eat as healthy as I wanted to.  My blood pressure is normal, sometime low. My EKG is normal, and even when I am having symtoms, I don't have a fast heart beat. Ultrasound also showed a normal heart size. My stress test was normal too.
What bothers me is when I checked on the info on the web, they all said if symptom occurs for aortic valve regurgitation, it is time for surgery treatment; if delayed it could cause heart failure. My problem is I felt my syptom already occurs. Is it panic attack? It sounds more like symptom for aortic regurg. I felt uncomfortable lying flat or on my left side, I can clearly feel my heart beat, I can't bear with any pressue on my neck, my attack often comes when I wake up at night. Should I visit other Dr.s for a second opinion? I really don't want to have a operation at this age, but don't want to delay it when I shouldn't either.

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   Posted 2/26/2007 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Elisa Lee, Welcome to HealingWell!! Panic attacks, unfortunately, can mimic just about anything. It does not seem that this doctor is too concerned at the moment, but I do agree.. if the general information is that surgery is needed, then you need to look into that. I'd go for a second opinion, and present that doctor with your information.

One possibility is that while you may be presenting symptoms, they may not be the exact symptoms they use to determine surgical need. Or your doc may truly believe it's panic attacks. Still need a second opinion.

One other possibility is to try an anti anxiety medication when these symptoms start, if they disappear.. that could be valuable information.

I hope that everything works out well for you and please keep us updated!!
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   Posted 2/26/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   


I too have aortic regurgitation that has been described as very mild, as well as a murmur, and was told 10 years ago not to worry about it - so never have.  You've had an extensive work-up and with a good EKG, echo, and stress test, you're probably good to go.  Everyone's got a little regurgitation sometimes (according to my sister, a physician).  If you're hyper-aware of your heartbeat and it's bothering you at night, maybe get your TSH level checked to see how your thyroid is functioning.  I just got diagnosed with Graves disease and my goodness, that crap can cause a whole litany of heart-related issues.  It's rare, but you never know.

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