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Multivalvular Disease--anyone else??
Several years ago I was found to have mitral valve regurgitation. When my last echocardiogram was done earlier this year, I have developed tricuspid regurgitation as well. Do any of you have more than one valve with a problem? If so, how is your doctor treating you? My regurgitation on both is considered mild. I do not have edema but have been more easily fatigued when doing regular chores and often feel short of breath. Strange as it may sound, at times when I am standing doing basically nothing it feels like the breath just leaves my lungs..weird. What are your symptoms or experiences? Thanks for any insight.
AmbassadorMR, July 24, 2020 3:20pm EST
Hello and welcome to the support network. We will do our best to support you in your ongoing journey to maintain your heart health.
You did not give your age, gender or overall physical condition in your message and all of these factors can contribute to how our 4 heart valves perform both individually and as a coordinated group. Having said that, to have trace or mild regurgitation in one or more of our heart valves is not unusual whether the result of specific heart conditions or the aging process itself. You should definitely pay close attention to any changes in your energy level, breathing, stamina or anything that is different and just doesn't feel right. This information should then be shared with your cardiologist at your next appointment or be the reason to schedule an appointment if it is persistent or uncomfortable.
It is most important that you and your cardiologist closely monitor the amount of regurgitation (leaking) that is occuring in any of your valves now that you have been diagnosed with mild regurgitation in both the mitral and tricuspid valves. You want to know if the condition moves from mild to moderate or possibly to severe because there are specific guidelines that your cardiologist uses to determine when a condition requires treatment. Our symptoms and timeframe don't always give us clear evidence that a problem is worsening and that is why regular follow up and echocardiograms are essential. Do your best to educate yourself on your heart valves and how they work here on the AHA site. There is a wealth of information available.
I hope this helps you in some way and don't hesitate to reach out to any of us as Ambassadors if you believe we can support or encourage you.
In Heart Health,
AmbassadorDN, July 24, 2020 11:09pm EST
Our fellow Ambassador above has given you great advice and insight. To add on, I have had regurgitation in both my mitral and tricuspid valves. However, according to my cardiologist, most people, even those who have no valve disease or defects, have some trace or mild regurgitation in the tricuspid valve. I'm not sure why that is. Still, make sure to clarify your individual situation with your doctor.
As Ambassador MR says above, do be sure to communicate with your cardiologist and express any concerns you have regarding your symptoms.
Feel free to keep us posted, and also don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have.
To Heart and Soul Health,