Slightly leaky heart valves

Ask the doctor

Published: December, 2020

Q. A recent echocardiogram showed that I have mild leakage from my mitral and tricuspid valves. I feel fine, but should I limit my activity in any way based on this finding? Will I need any follow-up testing going forward? I just turned 74.

A. Rest assured that a little bit of leakage from both of those heart valves is normal. It's a common finding on echocardiograms because the equipment is so sensitive it can detect very small amounts of "leakiness," or what doctors call regurgitation.

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