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Old 02-08-2012, 10:13 PM   #1
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mitral regurgitation & tricuspid regurgitation

What symptoms do we get from "Mild-moderate regurg and trace TR?"
I've been going around in circles for the past 5 years in getting answers to my symptoms and haven't been able to get a proper diagnosis after getting many tests (echocardio, sleep test, pulmonary function) done & seeing many MDs (internist, cardiologist, pulmonologist). I might have more than one medical problem. Anyway here are the symptoms....

About 5 yrs ago or so I started to have difficulty (panting/out of breath/winded) stair-climbing and just walking up hills, cardio/physical activity. I'm no athlete but i do bare minimum like walking and stairs. These are the only physical activities i haven't avoided (can't avoid stairs as I live in a tri-level townhome) and walk up/down the hill of my neighborhood 3 or more times a week for 15-30 min each session. (I'd like to do more but i just keep getting very winded). I just stop alot when i got uphill and try to catch my breath. On occasion i still go leisure swimming although i've got to stop when i reach the other side of the wall to catch my breath.

Around the same time i was severely anemia and so my family MD at the time wasn't "thinking out of the box"--kept saying the windedness, fatigue, and shortness of breath was related to my anemia. Thank god i left her to seek a 2nd opinion after 3 yrs.

Last summer i went to to see an internist, who ordered an echocardio, sleep study (i have insomnia and difficulty staying aslee) and also pulmonary tests.

The echocardio came back "ok" and the internist didn't think i needed to get a f/u. My resulsts read: "moderately high workload achieved. normal resting wall motionand no stress induced wall motion abnormality." global left ventricular systolic funct. improved after stress. No new ST segment depression. Normal LV size,wallthickness and contractility. Estimated EF 67% by MOD. Mild -moderate MR, trace TR.

I got pulmonary tests done 2 yrs ago for allergies and at the time they said i was "pre asthma" and did a pulmonary function test 2 months ago (and this MD says i probably dont' have exercise induced asthma). Clearly these are conflicting info right here.

So I"m going back to my echo results....does anyone have "mild-moderate" MR? i'm beginning to be concerned that this may be causing the symptoms i have? I'm not sure why the MD aren't concerned about this. I asked whether i need to have my heart monitored and was told to have another xray done in a year.

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