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impending valve disease surgery

I am 53 years old, I have been told I have moderate regurgitation of my aortic, tricuspid, and mitral valves. I also have a bivalvular aorta and asd.  The doctor tells me we need to monitor it closely, but for right now there is nothing to be done. Down the road I will need surgery for right now I am to be careful not to exert myself and look for symptoms, ie chest pain sortness of breath , fatigue.
Needless to say I am turning into a hypocondyriac. Any twinge in my chest, any flutter, I am beginning to panic.
My question is has anyone else gone through this and how do you manage your everyday life while staying sane?
Also, how involved is the surgery...timeline for it... recovery?
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Understand your predicament.
Constant monitoring of the size of the valves is needed to determine when surgery may be mandatory. And also on other causes like development of pulmonary hypertension. So, for now as recommended you need to keep track of your symptoms.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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Thanks for your help.  I have a great cardiologist. I also have RA so my rheumatologist is monitoring me also. She has increased my Orencia and MTX to help decrease inflammation. Hope all this helps.
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