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  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jul 22, 2007 6:59 PM GMT
    I have a leaky heart valve. I have asked the Doctor if the is anything I should not do and she said no. I don't know if that includes working out. Anyway I don't want to over do it. I do Taekwon-do and I like that, but I would like to do some kind of work out.

    Mike
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    Jul 23, 2007 3:50 AM GMT
    What sort of 'leaky heart valve' are we talking about here. I imagine it is probably nothing serious if you are doing taekwon-do and your Doc says you can do whatever you want, but can't really say anything without knowing what exactly it is.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jul 23, 2007 10:50 AM GMT
    It's not that serious, but it could get serious one day and may need to have it fixed or replaced. That scars the shit out of me but at least I am alive and it can be fixed if it needs to be. It's where one of the valves does not close properly and the blood leaks back into the heart. I also work as a carpenter and have no problems with it working. I would like to have a nicely toned body. Not big mussel as big mussel slows you down in Taekwon-do. Just don't want to put to much strain on the heart to start with anyway.

    Mike
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    Jul 24, 2007 4:07 AM GMT
    Mike...

    1) have you had your condition verified by a cardiologist? md's, no matter how good they are with other things, are not heart specialists. I had such a thing misdiagnosed.

    2) if you mean a prolapsed valve with regurgitation, it is relatively common and should NOT keep you from working out unless your doctor (preferably a specialist - see #1) says you shouldn't. In which case the valve problem is probably serious enough to require attention NOW - not years from now.

    3) Your overall health and fitness is likely to be compromised if you do NOT exercise vigorously. Do not let yourself be scared into inactivity.

    4) Hire a trainer. And if the trainer you investigate does NOT ask for a health history and get your physician's clearance - WALK AWAY FROM HIM/HER. Get someone who is serious about your health.

    Joey / NSCA-CPT
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    Jul 24, 2007 4:30 AM GMT
    MikePhil, I assume you have seen a specialist, and probably continue to see a specialist for this -- I'm also assuming the diagnosis is confirmed by echo. I'm still not sure what valve you are talking about, and yes, it does make a difference. I would ask a specialist, cardiologist, and see what he thinks. It sounds like you do a fair amount of stuff that stresses the heart, so you are probably fine, but which valve can make a difference.
    Mitral valve prolapse even with a little regurgitation usually causes not problems, and is not likely something that would ever need replacement.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jul 26, 2007 12:11 AM GMT
    Guys, yes I have seen a cardiologist. I have yearly checkups. I think it is what you say Joey, with moderate regurgitation. I am waiting for my doctor to get back to me. I left a message for him. It was confirmed by echo. Thanks Guys. When I'm sure I will post again.

    Mike
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jul 27, 2007 1:18 PM GMT
    It's Mitral valve with moderate regurgitation.

    Mike