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Leaking mitral valve. Breathlessness, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, arm pain, hoarse. Should I check into hospital?

On Wednesday, a cardiologist informed me that I have a badly leaking mitral valve and will need some kind of surgery to either repair or replace it (depending on the severity). For the last two months, I ve been experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue (thus the appt. with the cardio.). Now, my heartbeat seems to be irregular, my left arm aches, and I ve become very hoarse. I m scheduled to have cardiac catherization on Monday morning; however, I m wondering if I should simply check in to a hospital.
Asked On : Wed, 28 Nov 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM
Your mitral valve which is one of the four valves is having leak that means regurgitation in simple words blood from left ventricle during contraction leaks back to left atrium.
You are going for cardiac catheter which will tell us severity and treatment can be planned.
We can know severity by Echocardiography and Doppler study.
If you feel shortness of breath and palpitation you should check with hospital as treatment can be given to relive your symptoms.
A ECG will tell about irregular heart rate and if you have swelling in lungs which can cause shortness of breath can be treated by diuretics ( Water Pill). They reduce congestion and get rid of excess of water.
In such cases change in voice can be there due to nerve compression.
Arm pain if ECG is OK simple analgesic may be useful.
Take care.
Good Luck
Answered: Wed, 28 Nov 2012
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Cardiologist Dr. Aslam Lalani's  Response
Welcome to health care magic ,
from your history and present active problem it is advisable to consult your cardiologist at earliest ,
take your given medicine in time ,
avoid any type of exertion ,
do not sleep on flat bed , keep your head end elevated ,
take care
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