I am a 35 year old male. I recently had some medical tests completed. My chest x-ray was normal. My EKG was normal. A 24 hour holter monitor revealed an elevated heart rate. [My heart rate has always been on the high side. Also, I was taking Claritin-D, which causes my heart rate to elevate. I have stopped taking it since then.]
An echocardiogram revealed mild regurgitation on two of my heart valves. I am very concerned about this because I did not have regurgitation on any of my heart valves 10 years ago when I had my last echocardiogram. Is this regurgitation something that I should be concerned about? Are there any good resources online that I can go to educate myself about this medical condition? Does anyone online have this same issue? I would appreciate any advice that I can get. I am very concerned.
Almost always trace, mild, etc. valve regurgitation is considered medically insignificant. It indicates some mild backflow of blood from the lower pumping chamber into the upper chamber. You are young and shouldn't have any calcification of the valve opening or the leaflets.
Many people have some valve regurgitation. Especially the mitral valve often shows some regurgitation.
When regurgitation is classified as moderate or severe you will need at least 1x/year monitoring to check if it progresses and if it affects the heart chambers.
For mild and trace that is not needed.
Regurgitation can stay stable during decades and never cause problems.
It is hard to tell why it was not found 10 years ago, it probably was not there at that time, but don't let that worry you too much.
There is a wealth of info on the internet on this, for instance:
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