Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear about your problem. Unfortunately it sounds as though either the heart valve is not functioning normally, or the heart muscle is weakened as a result of years of dealing with the leaking valve.
You need to go and see your cardiologist, who will advise an echocardiogram and probably a blood test called a proBNP. He or she will also put you onto medication which should soon make you feel better. It is a good idea to see your GP, but he will almost certainly refer you to your cardiologist.
I hope things get much better once you are on appropriate treatment.
Best wishes. JT.
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