Watch for symptoms. After you are
mitral valve regurgitation (MR), it is important to
watch for symptoms of
heart failure. These symptoms show that your heart
is weakening and MR is getting worse. Symptoms of heart failure include
shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in your feet and ankles. If new
symptoms develop or if your symptoms become worse, call your doctor.
Be active. You may need to be cautious about physical activity if you have
symptoms, irregular heart rhythms, or changes in your heart size or function.
But regular activity, even low-level activity such as walking, will help keep
your heart healthy. If you want to start being more active, talk to your doctor
first. Your doctor will help you create a safe exercise plan. For more information, see Mitral Valve Regurgitation and Exercise.
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Limit sodium. Your
doctor may advise you to limit sodium in your diet. If you consume too much
salt, it will cause your body to retain excess fluid. Most of the sodium in our
diets comes from processed foods, not the salt shaker. Foods to avoid include
potato chips, pretzels, salted nuts, processed meats and cheeses, pizza, canned
soups, canned vegetables, olives, fast foods, and frozen dinners (unless the
label clearly states the product is low-sodium).
When you are
grocery shopping, check labels carefully for sodium content. Your doctor may
advise you to limit salt to less than 2,300 mg a day. Add more fresh fruit and
vegetables to your diet to replace foods high in sodium. Read labels carefully
sources of hidden sodium in your diet.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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