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Joshbons, December 21,  2020  4:34pm EST

Mild Mitral and Moderate Aortic valve regurgitation

I am 39 yrs old , male and My cardiologist diagnosed me of having mild mitral valve regurgitation  and moderate aortic valve regurgitation.  I asked him if i will require surgery he said no and most of the time people do not need the surgery if they are not experiencing any symptoms. I read alot from the internet and sometimes i get conflicting information which gives me anxiety and panic attacks. Can i talk to a surgeon about this or should i go with the advise of my cardiologist. I need help bcos sometimes thinking about it gives me anxiety and i feel like am having symptoms. I go to the er and my lab results, echo and ekg are ok.

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, December 23,  2020  11:32am EST

    Hello, thank you for sharing your experience with the community. I can imagine this must be very frustrating for you and I am sorry you are experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional, and seeking the advice of your cardiologist is always the best option when trying to find answers to these types of questions.

    In the meantime, here are some resources I can share with you from the AHA website on Mitral Valve Regurgitation and Aortic Valve Regurgitation. Please let us know what your doctor says and keep us updated on how you are feeling.


    The AHA Team

  • Michelle56
    Michelle56, December 24,  2020  8:34pm EST

    I am 64 been followed for leaky hesrt valves for 14 years this last year felt more tired, last exho showed lv ejection at 45 to 50 dr put 45 Imlost my last test two yesrs agot I think it was 55, no higher about 9 years ago it was 60. I havs  had tons of stress these last five years.  Said mild cariotomy, and thoughts?

  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, December 26,  2020  3:21pm EST


    Thanks for sharing your experience with the community. Sorry to hear about your experience.

    I'm not a medical professional, so asking your cardiologist is the best way to get answers to these questions. 

    In the meantime, please take care of yourself and work on your stress. The AHA has some resources to help with stress reduction:


    The AHA Team

  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, December 29,  2020  1:05pm EST

    These are scenarios often found on this site. Cardiac issues, followed by stress/anxiety that develops into cardiac symptoms. It's like a dog chasing its tail. I know. I have done that for a long time. As most people know on this blog, I am a huge proponent of treating both. I have an outstanding cardiac team of experts and have a counselor who is helping me with anxiety. The pandemic, to me, gives way to even more anxiety due to unusually difficult isolation precautions and life style changes it requires. So put that on top of the cardiac normal anxiety issues and I end up needing even more help with the emotions. That support has been a miracle for me. The heart and brain are tricky. They are vital to life, but there aren't a lot of ways to determine whether or not the problem is serious or routine. Start with a great cardiologist or even team of cardiac specialists like me, bring up problems early (I use the patient portal) so the worry part is minimal as the issue is addressed quickly without a bunch of phone calls back and forth,  AND see someone to help with the anxiety part. One day, it is my hope that cardiologists automatically have someone onboard at the practice to treat the emotional side effects of cardiac problems. But for now, it's a two-fer...I need both and I highly recommend making yourself the priority and doing both. Doing telemed for both now too. We are living in a crazy time. Giving yourself the gift of support for both is the answer for me. Quality of life is much improved. Cyber hugs and elbow taps to all. 

  • Caroline65
    Caroline65, January 20,  2021  11:57pm EST

    Best advice I can give as a fellow heart person with the same thing till I had my aortic valve replace that cure that, is keep going to the Cardio. As loing as you are able to talk about your heart condition and the leak is monitored, you can go for a number of years before surgery. Just listen to your body, it will tell you if you are tired easily, just sleeping more, etc. And your cardio can discuss the numbers on each visit if the leak is worse, of anything else is worse over time. Just take is one day at a time and live. Hugs for today and live life as ,mush as you can. Pandemic is nothing if you cannot live around it. I am and doing great. Staying home with my dog is the best. I am also a type 2 diabetic and have now be diagnosed with edmea and weeping edema in both lower part of my legs. Nothing keeps this gal down. You can do the same. Just listen to the body and it will tell you if there is something wrong or off. Hugs for today.


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