What Is A Leaky Heart Valve

What Is A Leaky Heart Valve

In my clinic I have seen quite a few clients who have been diagnosed with a leaky heart valve, so I feel it is important to give a summary on what is a leaky heart valve is and how best to approach it.

A leaky heart valve occurs when one of the four valves in the heart does not close properly, causing blood to flow backward instead of forward. This is known as regurgitation and can lead to several health complications, including changes in your heart rhythm, enlargement of the affected area, and even congestive heart failure. If left untreated, a leaky heart valve can be life-threatening. It is important to note that not all cases of regurgitation require treatment, as some valves may remain stable over time.

Treatment options may involve medication, most importantly lifestyle changes to reduce the effects of regurgitation, but in some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace the affected valve. It is important to speak with your doctor if you suspect that you have a leaky heart valve and to monitor it with follow-up appointments.

Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, and light headedness, also it can by asymptomatic and is just picked up when going for an annual doctor’s appointment.

Your doctor will perform tests to determine the severity of the leaky valve and the extent of any damage to your heart. These may consist of

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Sound waves directed at your heart from a wand like device (transducer) produce video images of your heart in motion
  • Exercise tests or stress tests

 

11 lifestyle tips for a leaky heart valve

Limit saturation fats, butter, an emphasis on lean protein

Eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts & grains

Fish oils

Keep weight in check

Decrease salt

Get better sleep

Walking

Meditation

Dental hygieneStop smoking

moderate alcohol consumption

 

For further help with lifestyle choices please ring on 07-55720388 to make an appointment or book online

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Chris Tompson

Chris Tompson