My mother has been feeling really exhausted and shortness of breath in the last few months and recently was hospitalized dur to fluid in lungs. Her echo test indicates that: IMPRESSION: There is mild degenerative valvular disease. There is hemodynamically mild aortic, mitral and tricuspid insufficiency. There is normal left ventricular function. Antibiotic prophylaxis against endocarditis is indicated. Could someone please explain to me in simpler language what all these means? Is her condition serious? Is this a congestive heart failure? My mom is 83 and she has been on blood thinner for a year and has high BP problem. She has difficulty breathing from time to time and is always tired. Her family doctor seems to think nothing can be done at this time to improve her condition and that its a matter of time. Naturally we are very worried. I would appreciate any advice that could help her to breathe easier. I suggested to give her oxygen through the nose but her doctor does not think its a good idea.