Q. I have breathing difficulty with calcification in aortic valve. Please help.

Answered by
Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 06, 2020

Hello doctor,

I was hospitalized in January in India for two days and then in Nigeria (I live here) for dry cough, a bit of breathing trouble, and pneumonia. X-ray of the lungs was clear and also had a bit of difficulty in breathing. However, they treated me for community acquired pneumonia and malaria, still at times I use to face a slight difficulty in breathing not all the time, one of my friend (radiologist) suggested an LFT test and also a CT chest. LFT did not show much variation however CT showed calcification in the aortic valve.

In january the ESR was showing high and platelets were also low, however, in March it shows normal except for breathing issue at times. No other issues experienced as of now. I know my weight is high and I am working towards reducing it and joined a gym. I am also following keto diet. Kindly advise due to lockdown because of Covid-19 I cannot travel to India and options of good cardiologists are very limited here.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

You had breathing difficulty, altered consciousness, allergic condition and you were admitted for that. Now you have slight difficulty in breathing. I have gone through all your reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Not to worry. You have a calcified aortic valve for which nothing to be done. As you cannot come to India for lockdown until then I suggest you some medicine which will help you to take care of your breathing difficulty at times and also take care of allergic factor which you had.

1.Duolin inhaler two puff two to three times daily at the time of breathing difficulty.

2. Tablet Montair LC (Montelukast and Levocetirizine) one tablet daily around 9 PM daily for two weeks. Based on the response we will review. Lockdown in India will be over by that time then you can do physical check.

Do breathing exercises. Take a deep breath and hold for 5 seconds and expel it out forcibly for a period of five minutes daily.

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Thank you doctor,

I am following a high-fat low carb diet for weight loss (keto diet). Is that fine? It is helping me to lose my stubborn tummy fat. I have lost 6 kg in two months.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It is fine. I understand that now you are committed to do this. I suggest walking for 30-40 minutes daily will help you more to reduce your weight. Do intermittent fasting (fasting for 16 hours) once in a week. See the result after one month.

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