Mitral Valve Leak
Hi, I am a 38 year male. i have had MVP since early teens which doctor explained is due overgrowth during preteens. Earlier this year after consuming energy drink i noticed very fast heart beat. Couple of weeks later it became a monthly occurrence with occasional palpitations. After visit to the doctor & echo in April'06 he diagnosed Valve leak. I was prescribed Concor 5mg (morning) & Tritace 2.5mg (night). The palpitations continued occasionally. Next visit the doctor prescribed additional later afternoon medication Marevan 3mg. Yesterday after follow up echo i was informed the leak is slightly increased and there is a slight enlargement of the heart from 5.5 to 6 ( i didn't understand it) He has asked to continue the medication and advised valve repair surgery. Currently i face a little breathing difficulty if i climb stairs. Cough is occasional. Is the surgery required? Natural remedy? Should the medication continue
Doctor Answers (2) on Mitral Valve Leak
Valve leaks. Can be managed for years and decades w medications. They notoriously required operation also. Valve repair done by a capable surgeon can go a long way but valve replacement is easier to do. So more specifics can help decide whether u need surgery or not. These minor findings can be controlled w medicines. U maybe under medicated now. You do need a holter Bec you have also not been though roughly investigated.
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