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At what point is surgery needed for Mitral valve regurgitation, mild, moderate or severe. I have had a mild case for a year and a half.

posted December 18, 2021
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Mine was mild a few years ago.
I never gave it much thought, but that could help things.
There are risks that I don't know and I'm not sure I want to find out.

posted August 15, 2022
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I’m old too but keeping dealing with it one day at a time. Live in the present.

posted February 23, 2022
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Alice, thanks, I’m
old already but I want to live forever! 😂😂😂

posted January 18, 2022
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Sophie, at a routine dr visit two days ago, I asked about mitral valve going down hill. My doc shrugged and said that i went from no problems to moderate problems over 20 years. She said that if it takes 20 more years to get to severe,….I’d be dead before I’d need valve replacement. I did the math. My doc was most likely right.

posted January 17, 2022
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I enjoyed reading your comments. Very interesting since I do have the mitral valve regurgitation & cardiomyopathy. I am on meds to bring my b/p down. That’s exactly what the doctor ordered. I know I will never improve, there is no cure but the cardiologist is trying to keep me, “the same” although the mitral valve did go from mildly severe to severe.
That was an interesting answer you wrote.

posted January 8, 2022
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I was diagnosed as having mild mitral valve regurgitation in early 2020.
I studied medical journals.
It seems like people with cardiomyopathy are treated with drugs to push their BP down.

From what I've read and understand, there are basically 4 categories of mitral valve damage, each with its own characteristics, causes, and treatments.

These drugs that push one's BP down have a nasty tendency to promote further damage. I might be all wet. I haven't studied in a couple of years. I only know that my condition is worse.

However, once there is damage, it will get worse sooner or later on its own, regardless of any drugs.

I studied neuroscience for months.

The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems as well as one's central and autonomic nervous systems all play a role in the electrophysiology of the human heart, which is extremely complex.

The human brain sends chemical signals to your heart. This is a kind of nervous system. What you put in your head affects your heart. You must master your mind. The old Zen masters understood this very well.

I've nearly mastered controlling my BP on my own with music therapy, meditation, and prayer.

Scientists are now saying we have a second brain called the "microbiome." It is the collective micro-organisms living in your G.I. tract. It weighs about 5 pounds.
It can affect your mood, and if you have IBS as I do, the mood is always a factor. My microbiome has been damaged. I've been working on it since 2015 on my own. I study everything in great detail. Wikipedia is a treasure house of information.

If you are grieving, don't despair. I found music that helped me to grieve. Sometimes you just gotta vent, then detach or you might get dragged under.

I have nearly 5,600 audio tracks. That is an arsenal. I can fight back, leap for joy, drift away, sing and dance, or just soak up good music. The only thing more potent than what you listen to is perhaps what you smell.

There are very concentrated forms of exotic oils known for centuries to evoke a human response. I like "Peace and Calming," and "Thieves" aroma therapy. I have some very powerful memories tied to these aromas. Smell helps me focus on things that cause my brain to do good things. My brain tells my heart about it.

Check out "" for more information about aromatherapy. It is the "real deal." There are a lot of cheap knock-offs. They are not cheap. They are very potent.

Hope I don't step on anyone's toes with this post. 😘

posted January 7, 2022
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Yeah Sophie it does seem that way.

posted December 20, 2021
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Thanks, that’s cuz although mine went from moderate to moderate severe the Cardiologist told me it’s not really time to worry yet cuz my symptoms haven’t changed. I have that along with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. That too causes shortness of breath. I’m beginning to think 😊all heart disease causes shortness of breath at different stages. 😕

posted December 20, 2021
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Thanks you gave the most useful answer. An increased sob!

posted December 20, 2021
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

The symptom is shortness of breath. My Cardiologist told me I’ll notice if it gets worse as my shortness of breath gets worse.

posted December 19, 2021

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