This is my first post. I was diagnosed Mitral Valve Prolapse with Severe Regurgitation three months ago. Ace help from cardiologists but advice about how to live is kinda "do as much as you can but stop if you feel breathless". OK but what is breathless? I used to have asthma when a child and I really know what that kind of breathless is. This kind is strange - if I do too much it sometimes strikes after even up to an hour or two, and it feels like something squeezing my lungs up the centre of my chest. (Really hard to find the right words for this.) I also end up with something I think is irregular heart beats.
So here's the first question - is this what other people feel?
The second questions stems from the advice to keep on doing stuff to stay fit. What exercises can be done without damaging the Mitral/Aortic valves?? I know to avoid stuff that stresses the heart suddenly but what can you actually do? e.g. Does the yoga move called "the bridge" cause any problems? Does walking without generating breathlessness cause any problems? Does carrying shopping cause problems?
Your experiences will be most welcome to me.