Since he was diagnosed with a "valve problem, " and beta blockers were recommended as a potential treatment, i presume he's dealing with mitral valve prolapse
), which is usually a benign condition. However, it can sometimes cause significant chest pain, and beta blockers might alleviate this discomfort. If other causes of your son's chest pain have been ruled out (his cardiology
workup should have accomplished that), then a trial of preventive beta blocker
therapy is reasonable. He doesn't necessarily need to return home for that; his cardiologist might be able to arrange appropriate treatment after consulting with the physician in north carolina.
Keep in mind that beta blockers -- like nearly all medications -- can cause side effects, such as dizziness
, fatigue, slowed heartbeat, and poor exercise
Talk to the cardiologist about the risks and benefits of beta blocker therapy. If he feels comfortable prescribing medications without seeing your son again, then your son can continue his studies. Otherwise, you can bring him home for reevaluation.
I've attached a link that provides more information about mvp.
I hope things go well!