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Wed, Feb 5 10:05am · Video Q&A - Congenital Heart Disease and Options for Surgery in About Kids & Teens

I am an adult congenital heart patient. I have a Left Circumflex Anomalous Artery as well as a mobile atrial septal aneurysm, both of which I was born with. I also was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension as an adult. There have been numerous case studies showing where a patient with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, who has their left circumflex anomalous artery repaired, no longer has pulmonary hypertension. Are any of you aware of this to be the case? I would love to have my quality of life back! Thank You…

Jan 25, 2016 · I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Regurgitation and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Heart & Blood Health

Hello Punkin & Von,

I just read your post Von, and I wish you well, in spite of all of the medical issues you have to deal with on a daily basis. I know how hard that has to be.

I just felt the need to clarify several things…

MVP and Mitral Valave Regurgitation or two separate diagnoses, and I believe, correct me if I’m wrong Punkin, but what you stated in your initial message was that you were diagnosed with Mitral Valve Regurgitation, not MVP? There is a distinct difference.

Although you, Punkin, suffer from both Pulmonary Hypertension, as well as Hypertension, I just wanted to point out that there is a huge difference between Pulmonary Hypertension and Hypertension, as well as those medications prescribed for each one. Hypertension is high systolic blood pressure, where Pulmonary Hypertension is a result of high blood pressure “in” the lungs. If you have’t done so already, go to the Mayo Clinic website, the only one I utilize, and compare the side effects of medications for both diagnoses.

Von…Punkin stated in her message that “my Cardiologist and Pulmonary doctor do not know,” not that they can’t see an underlying problem. Again, not sure Punkin if your physicians addressed your symptoms with testing and found nothing, or maybe suggested any “possibilities” as to why you were having these symptoms, but if they haven’t, which they should have, you need to do some checking yourself.

I can’t end this message without stating that Punkin never mentioned, not once, having a panic disorder, or suffering from panic attacks. Too many physicians today are quick, especially if you are a woman, to blame all heart attack/disease symptoms on anxiety, panic attacks, or even hormonal issues…trust me, I know. If I ever had any anxiety, it was due to cardiologist after cardiologist mis-diagnosing me with one of these three disorders, when all along I had these heart/lung issues:

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
Hypotension (NOT Hypertension; low blood pressure, not high)
AVNRT (AV nodal re-entry tachycardia)
Atrial septal aneurysm
Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
Mitral Valve Regurgitation
SOB (shortness of breath)
Chest Pain
Abnormal Stress Echos
Abnormal ECG’s (my “new norm”)

I only listed these issues to prove that after firing four cardiologists who tried to diagnose me with anxiety, panic, or hormonal issues, I was right…it was my heart…didn’t really want to be right, and have all of these issues, but I was.

If a patient truly does suffer from any of these “three” issues, they should admit it, and receive medication for it, but if they truly believe that they don’t suffer from anxiety, panic or hormonal issues, they should never settle for any of these as being a diagnosis.

Good Luck to both of you, and God Bless…

Jan 22, 2016 · I was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Regurgitation and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Heart & Blood Health

I also have been diagnosed with Mitral Valve Regurgitation/Mitral Valve Prolapse (2011), with a recent left cath showing that I would soon need to have my mitral valve replaced, as well as Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (2011). I do not, however, suffer from high blood pressure, but extreme low blood pressure (last cardiologist visit was 80/56).

I’m only on one medication, which no longer works (right cath showed this in July of last year) and the side effect from that medication resulted in a lowered blood pressure, but I have not had any other side effects, not like you’re having. As I stated, my previous medication is no longer working, and the other ones prescribed since, had horrific side effects i.e. extreme heart burn for 4-5 hours at a time with chest pressure likened to that of 200 lbs on my chest, so right now I remain on the one that is no longer working, as it won’t hurt anything, according to my cardiologist who is also my PH specialist…hoping for a new drug soon, otherwise, my PH will just get progressively worse 🙁

In my own personal opinion, if you are experiencing hot flashes, a flushed face, tingling and lightheadedness, they could possibly be a result of the medication you are taking, even if none of those side effects you are having are listed on the medication/paperwork itself…many meds are “pushed” through before FDA approval, and all of the side effects are not known, therefore, not listed on the bottle or paperwork associated with those meds…I’ve experienced this.

It concerns me that both your cardiologist and Pulmonary doctor can’t explain your symptoms, yet aren’t trying to do more to find out why you are experiencing them…I’m not a trusting soul when it comes to medications or medical devices, and definitely not where the FDA is concerned…too many “kickbacks” and helpful, at least for them not us, unnecessary referrals to other physicians.

I cannot give you anything that resembles “medical advice,” other than to help you advocate better for yourself, in regard to unexplained symptoms. I research everything, and I do mean everything…I ask lots of questions, and if I’m not satisfied with an answer, then I move on until I find a physician who at the very least wants to try and find out the “whys.”

I am extremely fortunate however, having both a cardiologist/PH specialist, and primary care giver, who I have been with for years, and who I trust and respect…we may not always agree, but we communicate, resulting in trust and respect on both sides of the fence….this is VERY important, so if you don’t have it, move on until you do!!! I fired four cardiologists in the beginning of attempting to be diagnosed properly, who just wanted to place me on paxil for anxiety and panic, which I DID NOT have…very frustrating and time-consuming to say the least 🙁

I also utilize both the WomenHeart and PHA websites, to help guide me in my diagnoses…I have many other heart issues that I won’t go into now, as it’s a moot point…I just want to help you as much as I can 🙂

Stand Up For Yourself…don’t stop until you get answers…this is your life we’re talking about, not a car problem…you ARE worth the fight!!!

Good Luck & God Bless…

Feb 13, 2015 · Webinar: Congenital Heart Disease – What Patients Need to Know in Heart & Blood Health

Thank you for answering my question regarding possible surgery for a Left Circumflex Anomalous Artery, Mycomatous Mitral Valve, etc. issues…my research also tells me that Dr. Dearani, who answered my question, is a congenital cardiac surgeon. What is the process of providing additional information and making an appointment with Dr. Dearani?

Feb 13, 2015 · Webinar: Congenital Heart Disease – What Patients Need to Know in Heart & Blood Health

I wasn’t diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease until age 50…I am now 61. I have a Left Circumflex Anomalous Artery; a Mobile Atrial Septal Aneurysm; a Myxomatous Mitral Valve with borderline prolapse of anterior leaflet and Mitral Valve Regurgitation. I have been told that my issues are not serious enough to perform surgery….my research says otherwise…I am very concerned about sudden death, as this seems to be the one outcome that keeps rearing it’s ugly head. What are your thoughts on surgery? I’m afraid that there will be a higher risk if I wait too long.