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Patty H
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About three weeks ago, I had an episode of rapid heartbeat, medically referred to as sinus tachycardia.  I was admitted to the hospital overnight.  Upon my release the next day, they recommended that I follow up with my cardiologist and get an echocardiogram and a stress echocardiogram.  I had that last week and found out that I have two leaky heart valves.  The valves are described as mildly to moderately leaky.  My cardiologist is not concerned and I do not have to come back for another year.

I have a significant family history of hearty disease, but I am the first in my family that I know of who has this issue.  I thought I would post this to see if others have experience with this.  I would love to learn more about this issue, its causes, etc.

According to my cardiologist, the longer I go before the valves need to be surgically repaired (if ever) the better off I will be as they are perfecting less invasive procedures similar to other non-invasive surgeries that go up the femoral artery in the groin.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!


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have you called Dr Nash for her opinion on this?


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have you called Dr Nash for her opinion on this?


Dr. Nash is no longer with Dr. D in CT.  I am in touch with another naturopath there, but it is more about re-running my SWAMI with my genetic info.  I will let her know - although I doubt it will change much on my SWAMI.


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I thought I replied to your post earlier, but it didn't seem to get posted. You have probably read what is on this page already. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hvd/signs.html Did he give you a name for the type valve problem you have besides it being leaky?


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I thought I replied to your post earlier, but it didn't seem to get posted. You have probably read what is on this page already. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hvd/signs.html Did he give you a name for the type valve problem you have besides it being leaky?


He told me but I cannot remember - I was in shock, so I missed exactly what he said.  I plan to call today to get a copy of the report.

Thank you for the link, Spring.  I am asymptomatic at this point, so that is good!  In fact, I was on the treadmill for 12 minutes which is good for a stress test from what I understand - unless you are a marathoner, which I am not!


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ahem I think Lola is on the right track....and I also got a pic that almost menopausal issues might be the true culprit for your heart racings... and sorry but take care about getting operated about whatever... it might be sometimes very tricky... ....


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I can only imagine how shocked and dismayed you were to get that news knowing the history of your family that you have posted here already.... More information is what you need now.


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I can only imagine how shocked and dismayed you were to get that news knowing the history of your family that you have posted here already.... More information is what you need now.


Ditto what Spring said. Sorry to hear you received this news.


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Patty H,
Leaky valves can be a totally separate issue from blocked blood vessels, heart attacks, etc.
Both of my parents had by-passes, stents and other vessel related issues. So far non of us 4 siblings have had any of these problems and we are all past 60.
My oldest sister, in her mid 70's, was diagnosed with a leaky valve when she was 8. She has never needed surgery, and is just monitored annually.
I had a leaky mitral valve that was never diagnosed until after I came down with a bacterial infection in my heart in 2011. Endocarditis can occur when there is a leaky valve, but is not common. The best preventative for that is excellent oral care, including checups, flossing.
I had open heart surgery to replace my valve in 2011, and I am fully recovered. My blood vessels were very clean, with no significant plaque buildup.
When your cardiologist wants only an annual visit, that is very good news!
Keep on researching and asking your cardiologist questions.
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ahem I think Lola is on the right track....and I also got a pic that almost menopausal issues might be the true culprit for your heart racings... and sorry but take care about getting operated about whatever... it might be sometimes very tricky... ....


I believe my sinus tachycardia was due to extreme anxiety, which might have nothing to do with my heart valve issues except that when I am under extreme stress, the valve issues do not help.  Heart rhythm issues can be exacerbated by valve issues.

No one is recommending surgery right now, but I also know that heart surgeries can save your life - both my brother and sister are alive today after heart attacks and bypass surgery.  Both of them flat lined - my sister twice.  Since this is a serious family history of heart disease, I will leave all options on the table while being careful to consider my options.


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Quoted from Spring
I can only imagine how shocked and dismayed you were to get that news knowing the history of your family that you have posted here already.... More information is what you need now.


Thank you for your understanding, Spring.  It was not at all what I expected or thought I would hear.  I need to take some time to let it sink in.  Getting the report will help me to better understand it.  One of my dear friends is a cardiologist who specializes in women's cardiology.  I know she will be a great resource for me    I like my new cardiologist as well!!! He is more than willing to work with me on my no medication - no intervention mindset.  I am sure he will help me to weight all of my options carefully.


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Patty H,
Leaky valves can be a totally separate issue from blocked blood vessels, heart attacks, etc.
Both of my parents had by-passes, stents and other vessel related issues. So far non of us 4 siblings have had any of these problems and we are all past 60.
My oldest sister, in her mid 70's, was diagnosed with a leaky valve when she was 8. She has never needed surgery, and is just monitored annually.
I had a leaky mitral valve that was never diagnosed until after I came down with a bacterial infection in my heart in 2011. Endocarditis can occur when there is a leaky valve, but is not common. The best preventative for that is excellent oral care, including checups, flossing.
I had open heart surgery to replace my valve in 2011, and I am fully recovered. My blood vessels were very clean, with no significant plaque buildup.
When your cardiologist wants only an annual visit, that is very good news!
Keep on researching and asking your cardiologist questions.


Hi Nanjoy - thank you SO much for your post!!!  I do have a significant family history of heart disease.  I am the youngest of 4 and all three of my siblings have had bypass surgery - 2 after serious heart attacks.  My father and all of his siblings died early of heart disease and all of my male cousins and some of my female cousins on my fathers' side have heart disease.  That is why this was not good news for me.  This is not the typical issue in my family and so to have this added to the family history does not exactly set my mind at ease.  You are correct that I feel great that I do not have to go to my cardiologist for another year!  I like my new cardiologist and he respects my wishes to remain medication and intervention free as long as possible.

One thing I did not mention is that this issue could potentially be exacerbated by the fact that I have a Factor 2 polymorphism and a single MTHFR polymorphism.  These polymorphism make me more susceptible to deep vein thrombosis which combined with heart valve issues could represent another huge risk factor.


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I would think that how long you have been on the BTD  may have so e bearing on your results.
What kind of diet did your relatives have?
We hope for good results. Keep us posted!


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I have found that when I think my heart is racing, it helps to click on my pulse-oxy-meter to see what is going on.  The instant readout is more helpful in calming my MIND as often as not, it is the mind feeling as if I was racing.. My friend with racing heartbeats is also helped by the 35 dollar device .. she can see if her pulse is going over 100 .. or is below, and that helps her with her need to know when to go to the emergency room.    


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I would think that how long you have been on the BTD  may have so e bearing on your results.
What kind of diet did your relatives have?
We hope for good results. Keep us posted!


I can't speak for all of my relatives - there are far too many of them who have heart disease.  One thing I do know is that my father followed the American Heart Association Diet for many years but still died of heart disease at age 63.

I don't think my siblings have great diets, but I am neither willing to judge nor evaluate what is a "good diet" for them.  From my BTD/GTD perspective, I don't THINK they have the best diets, but I honestly don't know.

Thank you for your best wishes!     I am hoping that my diet and lifestyle will have an impact, but like I said, the leaky heart valve thing is not a typical issue in my family, so it just adds another layer of complication.


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I have found that when I think my heart is racing, it helps to click on my pulse-oxy-meter to see what is going on.  The instant readout is more helpful in calming my MIND as often as not, it is the mind feeling as if I was racing.. My friend with racing heartbeats is also helped by the 35 dollar device .. she can see if her pulse is going over 100 .. or is below, and that helps her with her need to know when to go to the emergency room.    


Hi Goldie - my racing heart beat only happened the once and I definitely went to the emergency room.  I was tracked at 139 BPM.  My heart rate was 59 the following morning in the hospital.  Again, I think it was anxiety.

The issue for me is how the leaky heart valve figure into the family history of heart disease.  This is all to be figured out as time goes on . . .

I have been reading your threads and am wishing YOU the best regarding your health and heart issues.  


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