Deb Ziegler posted a note for Terri that says:
You might want to read Chris Hanson's journal. He had his mitral valve repaired at at Cleveland Clinic, and found out it failed three months later. He had it re-repaired nine months after the first surgery, and it was successful. I can't imagine going through that surgery only to find out it failed. You are in my prayers.
Godspeed and good luck,
I don't know the stats. I could ask myself the flip side of your question...did my lack of activity cause my early valve repair? I didn't over do anything, participate in any sports, mild or extreme. I too was hoping to have it repaired in my 70's instead I had surgery at 54. I would think the stronger you are, the better shape you are in..the better for your body and heart. With that said, I am now glad I had the surgery younger. Recovery is easier and faster than for seniors who may have other health conditions. We are lucky that unlike other diseases this can be fixed and you will lead a full and long life. Don't worry, you will do fine. I know this to be true!! Janis Kielbasa
Very important question.Doctors focus on person present condition and typically are not able to say what is general reasons for quick/slow/or never progression of MR.I search a lot in internet for exercise influence of MR - because I used to be extremely active in body-building ( MR is not detected as a condition in my kins). And what is my final conclusion - extreme sport CAN CAUSE this condition.Why? Because,your hearth pump harder,this put extra blood pressure on you Mitral valve,and can stretch valve as a result (especially in case of inborn predisposition). You know about "athlete heart" - as a adaptation of increased work,hearth slightly increase its dimensions - this may be not harmful for the heart itself,but PROBABLY stretch mitral valve as result in case of inborn predisposition. Something like pregnancy - skin become overstretched and after childbirth it is not so tight.At least,I think so (of course,may have many much reasons,but I speak for the heavy sport workouts as reason). And obviously very aerobic/strenuous sports - marathon,fast running,wrestling,power lifting,box,etc. - all sport which cause hearth to work extremely hard,in my opinion,are able to cause mitral valve to stretch and MR.Is this your case,I am not able to say - I do not know how heavy were your workouts,you shall to estimate this factor.Same about your weight and blood pressure - BP put extra load on your hearth,causing hearth to work heavily,and affect mitral valve.If the above mention is not up to you,reasons are obviously on cellular level,which are not clear enough even for doctors in the moment.This is which I think with my stupid mind,but I am not doctor or scientist to pay attention to my thoughts.Also,I think that moderate sport is helpful for the hearth,but the strenuous exercises - not at all.