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I have mitral valve prolapse with moderate regurgitation. Yesterday I

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Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: I have mitral valve prolapse with moderate regurgitation. Yesterday I starting experiencing severe fatigue where it was hard to hold up my head and arms felt heavy. I am dizzy and have a headache on the left and back of my head. My shoulders and upper back hurt.i have shortness of breath and heart palpitations when I stand or lay flat. My stomach is also bloated and I am nauseated
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Answered by Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
You need urgent medical care.

Detailed Answer:
Hi Mao774,
Thank you for the query. I understand your concern.
Mitral valve regurgitation is weakness/damage of the heart valve allowing blood flow in left side of heart....it flows back in left atrium(upper compartment)&can not flow to body &provide pure blood circulation in body.
Your symptoms suggest the blood insufficiency in various parts of body causing inability to work properly,pain in various parts.
This condition progresses further to put strain on left ventricle,enlargement of left ventricle &it's failure to cause irregular heart beats,swelling on legs &left heart failure.
*Your symptoms show cardiac insufficiency with impending heart failure.
I would suggest for an urgent consultation of a heart specialist to assess the damage to the valve &grade of symptoms (as per failure is concerned)...& let him decide treatment plan.
*He may give you a trial with medicines to maintain the circulation & minimise the cardiac insufficiency... with close observation &care.
OR he may decide to undertake surgical intervention to repair the valve _replace it as per the need.
*You should follow the advise given. And be sure with expert 's guidance &help you would be alright.
I hope that helps. Any follow up query is welcome.
Thanks.
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