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Leaking heart valve with heart murmur

I went to the doctor a few weeks back and she discovered a heart murmur? She ran test and said everything was ok i had a little of leaking heartvalve but nothing i would EVER have to worry about? Can this be true or should i get a second reference? I am a 26 year old female.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Yes and no. At 29 I was diagnosed with a heart murmur and a little leaking heart valve. I had regular check ups every year and echocardiograms to ensure the leak was not getting worse. Finally at 37 my leak became bigger, my ejection fraction dropped (on my echo), began having severe symptoms of fatigure, heart palpitations, weakness, dizziness, swelling in ankles, feet, and abdomen etc. I had to have my mitral valve replaced with a mechanical valve in 2003. My advice to you is, keep a close check on this with your physicians. If your doctor is not a cardiologist, insist on a seeing a cardiologist not just a regular family physician. Again not to scare you, most murmurs are innocent and some people have small leaks for many, many years and they never have to have anything done about it, but some people do as with me (because my leak got bigger). Again see a cardiologist if you are not already seeing one. If your cardiologist was the one that told you this, get a second opinion if you are not comfortable and get yearly echocardiograms and exams just to be on the safe side. Best wishes.
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