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Q. Can you explain my maid's heart condition in simple terms?

Answered by
Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 11, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jul 10, 2021

Hi doctor,

My maid has a heart problem since her birth. She complains of pain in heart, a sudden increase in heartbeat, feels hot and leg pain. Now, she feels very weak. Her echo was done recently and I have attached that here.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • Her echocardiogram (attachment removed to protect patient identity) shows three heart valves have been affected, mitral regurgitation (MR), tricuspid valve regurgitation (TR) and aortic valve regurgitation (AR).
  • Her LVEF is 38% (left ventricular ejection fraction). Her heart contractile function is much below normal level and all put together she is having these health problems.
  • Also, her potassium level is high, which needs immediate treatment. I suggest K bind powder two times daily.
  • I advise her to avoid any fruit juice, dal, banana, etc. Ask her to consult her cardiologist at the earliest.

For further information consult a cardiologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/cardiologist

Thank you doctor,

Can you explain her heart condition in layman language. I wanted to understand the risk to her life with this heart condition. What treatment do you suggest for her?

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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • She had rheumatic fever in childhood, which subsequently affected three heart valves out of four heart valves. Heart's capacity to pump blood has also changed substantially.
  • Immediate problem is high potassium which may cause a sudden acute problem to cardiac arrest. I have already mentioned the treatment of the same. If possible, please admit the patient in a hospital.

For further doubts consult a cardiologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/cardiologist


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