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Using eye drop. Found mild mitral valve leakage in echocardiogram. Side effect of eye drop?

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Is it true that the eye drops can effect the heart. My sister first started using them last May 2012, previous to that day, she saw her internet in January 2012, and he gave her a clean XXXXXXX of health and her blood work was excellent.Her cholesterol is excellent, we are both health conscience, and eat healthy and exercise each day for 30 to 40 minutes. She just has glaucoma like I do, because we are identical twins. She started with a difefrent internist in January 2013, because her previous doctor retired. and this doctor found the slight murmur, and sent her for an echo, which the findings were a mild mitral valve leak. She just would like to know if the eye drops can affect it, because I think one of them are beta blockers. She started on the eye drops in May 2012.
Posted Tue, 16 Apr 2013 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 10 hours later

Thanks for the query.

By and large eye drops are safe. Some eye drops especially beta agonist not blockers can cause some heart related issues. All that beta blockers can cause (if at all absorbed in significant quantity) is slowing of heart, which is likely to be minimal and beneficial in mitral leak.

Mitral leak detected on echo in an asymptomatic individual is not of serious concerns. Therefore she need not be concerned. But if she develops any giddiness she should have her heart rate rechecked.

Let me know if you have other concerns.

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Follow-up: Using eye drop. Found mild mitral valve leakage in echocardiogram. Side effect of eye drop? 1 hour later
Thankyou for asnswering my question, the both eye drops that she uses, it is safe for her to use then. I am on Lumigan 0.1%, but mine is not a beta blocker She was just concerned why her previous doctor never detected that she had a slight murmur. When she had her ekg he said it was normal & good, but then he sent her for the echo, and thats when it showed a mild mitral leak. This is making her very nervious and it's also making me nervous, because her and I are identical twins and are very close. She is very healthy, her total cholesterol is (192,)( HDL 82,) (LDL 99) and tryglyserides 55) and all the other readings are excellent. That is why she is so upset. She exercises 35 minutes a day, on the treadmill, walks 30 minutes a day, eats a very healthy diet. Only fish, chicken, veggies, fruit, no white flour, e.g. bread, pasta, rice) only the dark breads, such as whole grain, she has red meat once a month and only lean. We both eat that way, although we don't live together, we live around 20 minutes away. We also both drink a glass of red wine a night with our dinner. Is it possible that she was born with it, and it was never detected. Is it possible that I could have the same. In fact I have an appointment with my internist on April 3, 2013. You mentioned, that Mitral leak detected on an echo in an asymptomatic is not serious. Does that mean no symptoms? She doesn't have any symptoms, she is very active, she keeps her weight at 110 lbs., she is 5 feet 1 inch. We both need to be reassured that it is not serious. Thankyou in advance.

Sincerely, XXXXXX
Answered by Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 5 hours later

Thanks for the follow up. Majority of people (healthy) and above 40 years would have some mitral leak. Statistics even quote upto 80%. Generally, at this age it's likely related to age related degeneration of valve, which is generally of no consequence. As of now, for both of you I don't see any concern. It might have slightly progressed, and that is why your new physician was able to detect. Also murmurs of mild regurgitation may not be heard sometimes and heard at other times. It could be possible that since it is inconsequential, and can create sort of panic in some patients, he might have found it appropriate to leave it at that. It is possible that you also might be having some valvular leakage, which can be seen only on a ECHO study. Once again I reassure you that, it does not seem to be of concern.

Hope that clarifies your doubt.

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Follow-up: Using eye drop. Found mild mitral valve leakage in echocardiogram. Side effect of eye drop? 56 minutes later
I thank you again for answering my question. I told my sister and she is more calm now, (and so am I) in fact she will be coming over today and I'll let her read what you wrote. Our previous doctor new how we both were, because everytime we went for our yearly visits, our BP went up, until we got calm. In fact we get the white coat syndrome. Our children who are all married with children, czan't understand why we get so nervious when we go to doctors We come from good stock. We lost our mom 4 years ago at the age of 9, from natural causes. And our aunt the same age (our Mom's) sister. We are so concerned about heart decease, becuse our dad died at age 55 from a massive heart attack 44 years ago. But our dad was a heavy smoker, he liked his scotch and he ate everything that wasn't good or him. He enjoyed that way of eating, and he never listened to us or our mom. Thank you again for your answer, I feel much more at ease, at when I go for my yearly visit, I won't e so paranoid
I meant to write at the age of 99 not 9.
Answered by Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 45 minutes later

I am happy that I could be of help to you. Let me know if you have any further queries. You can ask me directly through my profile page. Please note the following link.

Thanks for consulting me. Wish you both a healthy life ahead.


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Follow-up: Using eye drop. Found mild mitral valve leakage in echocardiogram. Side effect of eye drop? 42 minutes later
Thank you Doctor, I will let you know further queries in the future. In fact my sister has a follow-up doctor's visit with her husband also, on April 3rd, and I have one with my doctor on April 8th. I will keep you updated.
Answered by Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 16 hours later

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Follow-up: Using eye drop. Found mild mitral valve leakage in echocardiogram. Side effect of eye drop? 16 hours later
This is another question that I am asking you. My husband who is 69 years old went under back surgery in November, before his surgery he had to go for pre-op testing. He had EKG, which was good, and also ECHO, which the cardiologist gave him clearance for the surgery. I was able to print all the results of his test. His echo showed 1) a mild pulmonic regurgitation, 2) A 1+(mild) aortic regurgitation 3) there is an atrial septal aneurysm 4) there is a trace tricuspid regurgitation. Whatever I'm reading seems serious, but his cardiologist gave him cleaance. Can you explain the numbers 1 to 4 that I listed. It seem so serious.
Answered by Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 2 hours later
Its nothing serious. As discussed in your sisters case there are age related finding. Mild regurgitations can be seen across all. Only atrial septal aneurysm is non age related finding, but if it is mild and no septal defect its of no consequence.
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Follow-up: Using eye drop. Found mild mitral valve leakage in echocardiogram. Side effect of eye drop? 4 hours later
Thank you Doctor for answering my questions, I can have piece of mind now. I know I shouldn't keep on thinking the worse, because I know its not good for my nerves.
Answered by Dr. Prabhakar C Koregol 1 hour later
Have nice time.

You can remember me in future for your medical queries. I will be available on the link I gave above.

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