Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Can I exercise even though my valves are leaking a little bit?

At 78 years old, I am in pretty good shape. A couple of years ago, an echocardiogram showed a small leak in my mitral valve. A year later, a follow-up test showed some leakage in my tricuspid valve. The valves aren’t causing me any problems right now, but how will I know if they need to be repaired? I like to exercise, but don’t want to make these valve problems worse. Is it okay for me to walk on a treadmill at a speed of 3 to 4 miles an hour or lift light weights?
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