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Can Anxiety Cause A Heart Murmur
No: Heart murmurs are caused mostly by diseases of the valves of the heart, but can also be caused by congenital heart disease with septal defects, or abnormal connections between the aorta and pulmonary artery. They can also be totally benign conditions due to vigorous blood flow through the heart, usually in kids and athletes. Those murmurs are known as pulmonary flow murmurs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A heart murmur is a sound heard by a stethoscope made by the vibration of blood flow. It can be a normal finding in young healthy people, or can represent abnormal leakage (regurgitation) of a valve, valve narrowing (stenosis), or a congenital condition such as an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect, ...Read more
Not by itself: Stress does contribute to heart attacks, but does not directly cause them. Family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and smoking are the known risk factors. Occasionally, even people without CAD will feel tightness in their chest when anxious, hyperventilating, or tightening their musculature. Of course, if their is any question, one should seek care by their pcp or er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Critical aortic valve stenosis. Severe mitral regurgitation and some others. Yes, sudden death and heart failure are causes. Embolism to coronary or poor flow in he presence , or rarely without, coronary disease.Complex situations need cardiology to help pick the significant murmurs and treat or refer to cardiovascular surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Panic attacks cause increased heart rate, shortness of breath, excitement, a sense of fear and panic. They are usually eliminated by SSRIs, and the symptoms can be reduced by using beta blockers. You want to rule out cardiac arrhythmia as a cause of the rapid heart rate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not directly: Tia stands for transient ischemic attack which is usually manifest by a temporary neurologic impairment, such as loss of vision or weakness. An arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation, can lead to clot formation. If a small clot dislodges, it can cause a TIA or a permanent injury known as a stroke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's not an attack: A fairly rare, but reported side effect can be fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse and you need to tell your Dr ASAP and find alternative ways to deal w/ your anxiety. But it is NOT a heart attack. Take it seriously, but it will not be fatal. Please consider a really good CBT therapist you can work w/ and trust to learn how to manage anxiety - even if you find another pill. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: This is a situation where two conditions that are very common (mitral valve prolapse and anxiety) may coexist in the same individual but is does not mean one caused the other. Some people with mvp may experience palpitations which could be unsettling and someone with anxiety may feel overwhelmed by having what they percieve as "something wrong with their heart". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Atrial fibrillation, one of the most rhythm disturbances, can be caused by alcohol, and when people get it after binging it has been called "holiday heart." it usually occurs after larger doses of alcohol, and would indicate drinking at unsafe levels. Safe levels are less than 7 drinks per week in women, and no more than 3 drinks on any drinking occasion. If you drink more than this, talk to md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinus arrhythimia: This is the kind of heart arrhythmia that anxiety can cause and is a normal heart beat that happens to be irregular in timing. The high rate is similar to when you exercise. Since heart is pumping normally during sinus arrhythmia, it is harmless (other than causing more anxiety). Also, they tend to be short and self-limited, especially if anxiety is relieved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3287421 there has been much written about the association between panic disorder and mitral valve prolapse, as above. While the association is small, in my practice I have seen patients who have mvp, panic disorder and both. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
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