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Mild regurgitation (insufficiency) on the pulmonary, tricaspid and mitral valve
What do you suggest when I have pain in my chest often, not easy for my chest muscles to relax, shoulders, chest feel tight all the time, difficulty breathing ( like I can’t take enough air in) when walking, talking, sitting. My upper body muscles are never relaxed. Any ideas to relief the symptoms?
AHAASAKatie, December 5, 2018 8:58am EST
I am sure some of our HV survivors will chime in over the next day or so about their experiences, but I just want to make sure you have asked your medical team about these pains? Thanks Katie
Antonet, December 5, 2018 3:42pm EST
I had angina pectoris my whole life,( unstable angina), my cardiologist 5 years ago gave me propranolol but I used it for a short time because I would feel more fatigued. He did an ultrasound at that time and only the mitral and the tricuspid were affected. Now I the ultrasound I had yesterday shwed the insufficiency of the pulmonary valve too!
AmbassadorMR, December 6, 2018 9:12am EST
Welcome to the Heart Valve Support site. As Katie suggested above, it is very important that you discuss these symptoms with your Cardiologist to confirm that any heart valve regurgitation is still trace to mild in terms of severity. It is not uncommon for us as heart valve patients to experience discomfort on exertion or even while lying in bed if our hearts are not able to sufficiently get the blood through our valves and out into our body. Generally, this is not the case if the regurgitation or stenosis is only trace or mild in severity.
Every on of us is a bit different however in how we respond to our valve disease so the pain, chest tightness and shortness of breath that you are describing need to be immediately investigated by your doctors. You didn't mention your age or how long you have been dealing with your heart valve issues so let us know if you have had recent exams and discussions with your Cardiologist since your first diagnosis. Heart valve disease is usually a progressive process that moves from mild to moderate to severe over time. No one can exactly predict when these phases of progression will occur so that is why it is so important to promptly speak with your Cardiologist if you have any change or worsening of symptoms. We are here to encourage and support you in any manner that we can so please let us know how you are doing and what your doctors are telling you.
Yours In Heart Health,
AmbassadorB, December 6, 2018 12:24pm EST
Ambassador MR and Katie have both suggested that you keep in regular contact with your Cardiologist. I only second their comments. If your discomfort is continuing, or worsening, then your current status needs further review! Promptly!
Another suggestion - Get Moving! Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do. The benefits are many, including improving your heart's ability to pump blood, lowering your risk for high blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, etc. Check with your primary healthcare provider, first. Pick activities (exercises) that you can do - at an intensity, frequency and duration that's right for you. Pick activities that are fun, that suit your needs and that you can do year-round.
The American Heart Association has a brochure entitled, "Just Move!" Get one! Call 800-333-3032, or email - www.kramesstore.com/aha It has good information for you.
All the best,
AmbassadorC, December 6, 2018 6:03pm EST
Good evening Antonet and welcome to the support network ❣️My fellow Ambassadors have provided you with excellent pearls of wisdom. I will underscore the importance of relating your symptoms that you are experiencing as described above to your cardiologist ASAP. It’s best not to self diagnosis as there can be a whole host of other issues tied into how you are feeling. While this should not be construed as medical advice, it’s helpful to provide your team with a symptom tracker that I have attached here. The more information you can provide your cardiac team, the better the dialogue. For me, when I was diagnosed with mitral regurgitation, I became more symptomatic dyring the watchful waiting period of two short years. To reiterate however, I was under a yearly and sometimes biyearky echo and stress echo regimin. However, if I became more symptomatic, I contacted my cardiologist immediately. That said, I would also invite you, if you haven’t already, turn to the AHA HV education resources center. It is choked full of information that can assist you with that dialogue to your cardiac care team. As my fellow Ambassador B mentioned, Get Moving and contact your cardio ASAP.
Please feel free to reach out to us anytime as we are the strength for your journey ahead and welcome you with heart ❤️
AmbassadorC, December 6, 2018 6:08pm EST
Here is the link to the resource center: