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Mitral Valve Issue

MichaelJHHeart Star

A friend was rushed to A&E many months ago. After numerous tests, over many months, he was diagnosed with diagnosed with minor changes to the mitral valve and discharged. However, the consultant's final words were "if anything changes just get referred straight back". What type of change should he be looking for? He does not want to cry wolf and also does not want to ignore something important. Obviously I am no doctor but I would have thought he should have something like an echocardiogram every year or two?

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Hello Michael, I had the same problem for years, it never bothered me health wise , mine was a leaking one, but no trouble whatsoever


MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Leeyax58

Hi Lee, the worry is he virtually collapsed with chest pain and was blue lighted to hospital. So one wonders - it that relay all?

P.S. What's the car - looks like a classic...

Leeyax58 in reply to MichaelJH

That’s my first car back in76 Morris 1800, cost £125

MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Leeyax58

Mine was in 1970, a Morris Oxford that cost £50 - utterly reliable! I own three classics but only one is MOT'd and taxed as currently I have no energy (awaiting quad bypass).

Hi Michael

My wife has a leaking mitral valve and has had for a number of years. She is largely symptom free but does have an annual echo although this has as much to do with her other medical issues as it does the mitral valve leak. I think your friend should be looking out for increasing frequency of pain events, breathlessness, essentially the usual stuff all of us cardiac patients tend to be looking out for. I would not be too worried about crying wolf either. Too often people are discharged without really knowing or understanding what their condition really means - shock is not great for keeping your head together and asking all the questions you probably should ask!so if in doubt go see the GP.

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