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I have been diagnosed with left side heart valve malfunction

Ive been diagnosed with left side heart valve malfunction. The valve is apparently leaking.?
It was diagnosed during investigations to find out the reason for acute breathlessness. I had no other symptoms. My GP had an Echocardiagram performed and, as a result of that has put me on ACE inhibitors. However since taking them im experiencing more chest pains and chest discomfort than i was before, so could they not be the right course of treatment. Im seeing a cardiologist in 2 weeks but im worried i might have a heart attack before then. Am i worrying unnecessarily?
Sat, 12 Dec 2009
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In my opinion you should report to a Cardiologist for further evaluation of your case for the following reasons: Complications : * Left ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement) caused by the extra work of pushing blood through the narrowed valve * Left-sided heart failure * Arrhythmias Expectations (prognosis): Aortic stenosis can be cured with surgery, although there may be a continued risk for arrhythmias, which can sometimes cause sudden death. The person may be symptom-free until complications develop. Without surgery, a patient who has signs of angina or heart failure may do poorly. Persons with aortic stenosis, particularly moderate and severe forms, should not participate in strenuous activities, such as competitive sports.
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