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A 21-year-old female asked:

Normal echo 18months ago. now have systolic murmur over aorta and carotid bruit. is it possible for damage to develop so quickly?could this be benign?

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Dr. Charles Berry
Specializes in Surgery - Thoracic
Unlikely : At your age it is unlikely the the carotid 'bruit' means anything is wrong. The murmur is hard to evaluate without further testing. Non invasive eco testing could clear up most of your concerns and probably should be performed.
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Dr. Carlos Orrego
Cardiology 30 years experience
Young people usually have "innocent " murmurs which are usually normal. If an echocardiogram was completely normal before it is very unlikely to be related with a heart murmur except if you a congenital heart condition or the murmur is related with a condition in the thoracic aorta which icould not be seen by a regular echocardiogram.
May 17, 2014
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