I am a 28 year old, in fairly good health, my LDL is only 33 and my blood pressure is 100/70. I had been having chest pains for about 6 years, off and on. I would notice it a few days then I wouldn't for about 5 or 6 months, then notice it again for a few days. I went to the doctor recently, and they did an EKG (which turned up fine), so he refered me to a cardiologist. The cardiologist did a sonogram of my heart and said that I had a "slightly leaky heart valve." He said itwas nothing life threatening, nothing that required surgery, and I could continue doing what I do (running, working out, etc.) He perscribed me Atenolol to help with the slight discomfort I had been feeling in my chest and said to come back in 3 weeks. Im a little confused on how you can have a slightly leaky heart valve and it not be serious or require a need to be fixed. Is there any kind of leak that really of no concern? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks
It is a common problem to have a small amount of leaking of 1 or more heart valves. As tests to evaluate the heart have improved smaller amount of leakage has been detected. It usually requires no intervention. Occasionally with aging this may change.
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