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Heart valve defect, how bad can it get ?

im a 19 yrs old. as far as i can remember i started having chest pains when i was about 6 or 7.,when i was thirteen i finally had a check up the doctor said something bout my heart valve which doesn't completely close.,from what i read bout those kind of defect it said it isn't really lethal in some cases.,i don t experience it regularly..it just comes anytime i can t predict..another thing is I am sensitive to drinking coffee, everytime i drink coffee il start to have difficulty in breathing, il palpitate badly or have chest pains.,is this something serious ?
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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I don't think anybody besides your doctor can answer that for you. Valvular heart defects can range from totally benign to needing a heart transplant. Palpitations sound like what you are describing and they are not serious. Stay away from caffeine if it makes it worse.
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