I am a 27 year old woman, I have a long family history of heart problems.
Whithin the last year I have been experiencing irregular heartbeats,
palpations, shortness of breath, chest pain, and exhaustion. In the last
two weeks I have had an EKG(which came back fine), an echocardiogram,
and a holter monitor. Today I got the results of those last two tests.
The holter monitor show that my heart rate would jump rapidly (from
80-150) with no change in physical activity. The echocardiogram showed
two valves leaking, my doctor referred to this as MR TR, but did not have
time to explain it other than to say that I would require antibiotics
whenever I have teeth cleaning or surgury done.
I will be having a stress test in about two weeks and will be able to
discuss this further with my physician but until then could you give me
Dear Ree, thank you for your question. With the information you've provided, I can't be sure why your heart rate increased so rapidly and what heart rhythm you were in when your heart rate increased. However, it is not normal for the heart rate to go as high as 150 without exercising. Secondly, I would need to know the degree of leaking of the mitral and tricuspid valves to comment on the MR and TR. You may just have had mild MR and mild TR which would be considered normal. Most people have a small degree of valvular regurgitation that is not considered to be a problem. I think you should have the stress test done and then sit down with your physician to comprehensively go over all the results of your tests.
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