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Suggest treatment for breathing problem in a person with mitral valve prolapse

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Posted on Tue, 12 May 2015
Question: I have a breathing problem that my doctor & the specialist cannot find the cause. This has been going on since 2006. My primary sent me to the heart specialist first and I completed all the tests successfully.
Then the Pulmonary special who said I did not have COPD nor Asthama. He did not know the answer and suggested I lose weight. I have lost some weight but still have the problem. I bring up mucus and it is clear. Never yellow. Sometimes it's just a small amount and other times a XXXXXXX amount.
Recently I had a chest Xray and was told I have fluid in one of my lungs it is just a small amount. I have a prolapsed mitral valve for most of my life. I just turned 81, am female and eat a healthy diet. I am limited as to walking because I get out of breath quickly. On the other side I don't have a problem when I am sitting down and reading etc, or if I am driving my car. Even around the house if I try to do some work I last only about 10 minutes and I have to sit down and catch my breath. Help!!!
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Answered by Dr. Rakesh Sharma (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You need to increse working threshold.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome to HCM.
I am Dr Rakesh Sharma answering your query.
I can understand your concern.
If you heart and lung functions are within normal limits then there are following possibilities,
1. Anemia. If there should be corrected. Drink plenty of water.
2. Avitaminosis. Take Multivitamin supplements.
3. Upper gastric problem like acidity or gas.Should be treated with Nexium and if reflux then add domperidon empty stomach.
If constipated take mild laxatives.
4.Stemina.or threshold of work or walking.Which can be increased by constantly increasing one's walking ability.You need not do it at a go, please gradually increase it even you are breathless for about 2 to 3 minutes per week.You will feel the difference in about 2 to 3 weeks time.
5.Steam inhalation for any mucus or other secreations.It will facilitate easy removal and lungs ready for more oxygen.
If your first 3 points are achieved you will find 4th one very easy to do.
Please also feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help.
Good luck.

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Brief Answer: You need to increse working threshold. Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to HCM. I am Dr Rakesh Sharma answering your query. I can understand your concern. If you heart and lung functions are within normal limits then there are following possibilities, 1. Anemia. If there should be corrected. Drink plenty of water. 2. Avitaminosis. Take Multivitamin supplements. 3. Upper gastric problem like acidity or gas.Should be treated with Nexium and if reflux then add domperidon empty stomach. If constipated take mild laxatives. 4.Stemina.or threshold of work or walking.Which can be increased by constantly increasing one's walking ability.You need not do it at a go, please gradually increase it even you are breathless for about 2 to 3 minutes per week.You will feel the difference in about 2 to 3 weeks time. 5.Steam inhalation for any mucus or other secreations.It will facilitate easy removal and lungs ready for more oxygen. If your first 3 points are achieved you will find 4th one very easy to do. Please also feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help. Good luck.