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With mild aortic valve disease, can I push myself [running] without danger?  

Hello very active 60 year old. I have mild aortic sclerosis and slight leakage of aortic valve. Can I push myself cardiovascularly without danger? My doctor says yes. Didn't even seem worried. 6ft 185lbs. good cholesterol 185. l07 LDL. I have benign skip beats, too, taking atenolol 50 daily. I don't want to stop running...Need peace of mind. Thanks much!

submitted by Joaquin from Woodland, California on 10/6/2013


George Younis, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, George Younis, MD  

Your doctor is right. Yes, you can keep running. 

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Updated October 2013
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