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Everyone with a leaky heart valve can benefit from daily exercise, like walking. Before engaging in competitive or contact sports, people with severe valve regurgitation should talk with their doctors.

Avoiding smoking and maintaining a healthy weight are just as important for people with leaky heart valves as for other people. Regular follow-up with a doctor, even when there are no symptoms, can ensure a leaky heart valve does not cause problems that could be avoided.

SOURCES:

Borgeson, D. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, 1996; vol 9: pp 832-837. Enriquez-Sarano, M. New England Journal of Medicine, 2004; vol 351: pp 1539-1546.

Otto, C. New England Journal of Medicine, 2001; vol 345: pp 740-746.

Bonow, R. Circulation, 2008; vol 118: pp e523-661.

Guenther, T. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery, 2008; vol 34: pp 402-409.

Lee, J. Circulation Journal, 2010; vol 74: pp 375-380.

Libby, P. Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 6, 2019

SOURCES:

Borgeson, D. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, 1996; vol 9: pp 832-837. Enriquez-Sarano, M. New England Journal of Medicine, 2004; vol 351: pp 1539-1546.

Otto, C. New England Journal of Medicine, 2001; vol 345: pp 740-746.

Bonow, R. Circulation, 2008; vol 118: pp e523-661.

Guenther, T. European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery, 2008; vol 34: pp 402-409.

Lee, J. Circulation Journal, 2010; vol 74: pp 375-380.

Libby, P. Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 8th edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2007.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: “Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 6, 2019

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