MANY people have leaky valves and never need treatment, let alone surgery. Do not jump the gun on surgery. How was the leaky valve discovered? Do you know which valve? Has the doctor mentioned any followup?
A leaky valve can range from a physiologic (trivial) leak to a severe leak. Ask you doctor to explain what type of leak and whether or not he/she recommends followup. Sometimes, the leak will worsen, but many times it stays the same. I've known about my leaky valve for about 30 years and I have regular echos to keep an eye out for any significant changes. I do take antibiotics prior to dental procedures (sometimes that is recommended to prevent potential bacterial endocarditis), but not everyone needs to. Set your mind at ease by talking with the doctor.
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