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Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
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Experience:  Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
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Every January, I go for my complete physical examination.

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Every January, I go for my complete physical examination. Every year I'm excellent. I only take medication for glaucoma, Timolol and Lantropost eye drops. This past January 2013, when I went for my physical examination, my doctor found a slight murmur and sent me for an echo. It showed a mild mitral valve leak. It blew my mind because I do everything right. I exercise every day and also walk. I eat a healthy diet, more fish and chicken and veggies & fruit. Red meat one a month. I can't beleive that my doctor told me this. Can the beta blockers that I use Timolol cause this. I am freaking out bigtime over this. My doctor told me not to worry, but how could I not worry. This is making me very depressed. I was alway a very happy person,, now I'm, a basket case. I also have an identical twin sister. We have the exact DNAs, she also has glaucoma, but her optomologist has her only on lumina 0.01%. I forgot to mention that my total cholesterol is 187, triglyserides 64, HDL 72 and LDL 101. Dr. please answer my question ASAP. I have an appointment with my othomoligist on June 13, and I'm going to mention it to him.

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 4 years ago.
Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?
Doctor DanB : The timolol you take doesn't cause cardiac valvular problems. The only affect the timolol may have on the heart is some decrease in the heart rate. It doesn't affect the valves of the heart. I suspect this is something that was going to happen to you regardless--even though you seem to lead a healthy life. Does that make
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