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leaky valve?? confused

just got back from seeing the cardiologist and he says my heart is in good shape with a good slow heart rate but he says i have a minor leaky valve?? and extra beats ( theyre probably what iv been feeling for all this time). Anyway he says no treatment is necessary and just to go get on with things. Anyone else with a leaky valve told the same thing? Ive read on the internet that its dangerous but maybe thats for major leakages??  Im a bit confused
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There are at least 4 valves in the heart.  One, the Mitral valve, is between the left Ventricle and left Atrium.  Not sure about the right side, must be a valve there too.

I had a leaky left MV for years and my cardiologist just watched it on periodic echocardiograms.  He was treating me for atrial fibrillation (AFib) all the time and it may be that the leaky MV was causing the AFib, i.e., due to enlarging the left Atrium, due to the pressure forced back through the when the left Ventricle was doing its high pressure power pumping.  Eventually my valve leak and the enlargement of the left Atrium required I have open heart surgery to repair or replace the valve.  This happened when I was 67 years old, so I got away with the leaky valve for a long time (for a human).  The surgery was (is?) risky enough there was never a discussion of doing the surgery due to the leak itself, but the enlargement of the left Atrium eventually mandated action.  The surgeon was able to repair my valve by reducing the size of the opening (a ring was implanted).   I believe the leaky valve contributed to my AFib problem which has progressed to the permanent AFib condition.  I am now 72.  

Not suggesting anything other than my experience supports your doctor's advice, but it did result in the need for surgery to prevent further enlargement of the heart.  I think an earlier repair may have prevented, or at least delayed, my AFib condition.  But, open heart surgery is generally avoided if possible.  I was able to run (jog) for exercise up to the age of 67, so the leaky valve didn't slow me down.  It no longer leaks, by the way.. or not enough to be considered leaky.
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You have 4 valves in your heart. Aortic, Tricuspid,Mineral, Pulmonary. When two of these are open the other two are closed to keep blood flowing one way threw the heart. Many people have a leaky valve and never know it because its such a small leak that it does not cause any symptoms or problems so there is no treatment needed. Most likely your Dr. will just keep an eye on it to see if it changes. If it does become worse symptoms you may notice is. Feeling tired from walking a short distance or bending over to pick something up and feeling chest pains. Many people have this problem and live a health normal life. I would just keep an eye on it good luck  
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I have two mild leaks in mitral and tricuspid
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thanks for your comments. My cardiologist has told me i wont need to see him again so im guessing the leak is of very little significance. I shall keep an eye on things tho and kuckily i feel pretty good apart from the palps. Glad everything has turned out well for you jerry and bbx, are you having treatment to repair your valves?
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No its mild. all set
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