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Aortic regurgitation
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Aortic regurgitation

Many years ago I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Prolapse.  No big deal...Until I had an echocardiogram done last year that showed NO MVP, but did show mild aortic insufficiency which was classified as possible AVP.  There was also mild TR noted.  I have seen a cardiologist recently, who was a little taken aback by the fact that I'm a 42 year old female.  He said that I was pretty young for AI.  I've done some reading on aortic regurgitation....which has me in a panic.  I have read I should not be doing any weight training or isometrics when I workout, nor lift anything heavy with my arms as this increased backflow of blood into the heart.  When I asked about exercise (to lose about 15 lbs) my cardiologist said that would be fine.  Should I be worried?  Do I really have to change my entire lifestyle?  I have always been an active person, either working out at at gym or working on my horse farm cleaning stall..ie heavy lifting. (Ps, I'm 5'1, 123 lbs, if you need that info)
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Don't worry, you can continue your active and healthy lifestyle as long as you are followed closely by your cardiologist.  Many patients have trivial or mild valvular insufficiency that is of little clinical consequence, but it can evolve in some people.  Also you should make sure you don't have a bicuspid aortic valve (meaning the valve has 2 cusps instead of the normal 3), but I assume your cardiologist looked for this already.  Hope this helps!
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I had a aortic valve placed (stainless steel)3 years ago, they are now saying I have scar tissue blocking 57%of my oxygen. closing off the valve from opening all the way. They are going to do a test (prob?) to look at it closer to see what can be done. My blood test are NEVER right, I take Warfarin, it goes from high to low. I watch my K intake..What would cause this scar tissue!!! Thank you
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Darlene,

The body can sometimes have an exaggerated healing response, thereby forming scar tissue around, and sometimes into, a mechanical valve. There is no known specific cause. Your doctors are doing the right thing by looking further to see how severe any obstruction might be. The most important question for you and your doctor to parse out is whether you have any symptoms.
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