A 21-year-old female asked:
i have a slight heart murmur..should i be worried? i was told about 3 or so months ago that i have a slight heart murmur. they said it was a level 1? so i don't think it is too serious. but today it feels like my heart is beating really really slow. but i
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Cardiology 19 years experience
A : A heart murmur is nothing more than turbulent blood flow through the heart and can be caused by many different situations ranging from completely benign (vigorous flow through a normally pumping heart, or pregnancy) or more serious conditions such as valve narrowing (stenosis), leaking (regurgitation), or a hole in the heart. Murmurs are typically graded based on the loudness (grade 1-6) and the description can often give clues as to the possible cause. The only way to know for sure if a murmur is benign or more concerning is to have an echocardiogram done which will show any abnormalities that might be present. I would discuss this with your physician and consider this if you are really concerned.
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Pediatric Cardiology 21 years experience
Likely nothing. : I presume they said a 1/6 murmur, which is how we classify them. A 1 is very soft, very difficult to hear and seldom indicative of heart disease. You have probably had it a long time, but no one heard it (again, very soft). If they said don't worry, don't.
A murmur is a sound, not a disease. They can mean a problem, but more are not. Ask your doctor directly, is it innocent?
5336 viewsAnswered Mar 17, 2020
Last updated Mar 17, 2020
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