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Boyfriend diagnosed with losartan potassium for "shrinking vessels around his heart" from a heart murmur? What's wrong with him?

Boyfriend diagnosed with losartan potassium for "shrinking vessels around his heart" from a heart murmur? What's wrong with him?

Losartan and heart: You are able to get the best answer speaking to your boyfriend's physician (p), or better yet, having him speak to the p for an explanation of what the p is treating him for. The p knows his case best of all and can give you a meaningful answer. ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
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Heart Murmur (Definition)

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


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Heart palpitations and diahhrea. I have a heart murmur but I seen the heart doc not to long ago and everything was ok. I did have low potassium level.

Heart palpitations and diahhrea. I have a heart murmur but I seen the heart doc not to long ago and everything was ok. I did have low potassium level.

Restore potassium: Your potassium must be restored to normal before anything else. Additionally your RBC magnesium level needs to be checked and also followed as the magnesium level affects potassium level and both can precipitate arrythmias. The diarrhea probably caused the initially low potassium. Make sure you don't have an infection. Meantime rehydrate with an electrolyte drink to restore fluid and minerals. ...Read more

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Can meningitis cause a heart murmur?

Can meningitis cause a heart murmur?

Meningitis is an: inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. This can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Heart murmur is a sound made by the flow of blood through the heart and through the valves. There is nothing about meningitis that will CAUSE a heart murmur. Sometimes the bacteria responsible for the Meningitis can infect the heart and cause damage which will result in a murmur but this is rare. ...Read more

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How does anxiety cause a heart murmur?

How does anxiety cause a heart murmur?

Faster blood flow: Anxiety can increase heart rate. That sometimes produces a benign "flow murmur". It's not significant, but new murmurs need to be checked out -- and perhaps even more importantly, anxiety needs to be assessed and effectively managed. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause a heart murmur?

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 more

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Can pregnancy cause a heart murmur?

Can pregnancy cause a heart murmur?

Yes: Blood volume increases during pregnancy and a pregnant woman can develop a "flow"/innocent murmur assuming she has a structurally normal heart. If she has any structural abnormalities, then some murmurs may become more apparent. ...Read more

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Does a rbbb cause a heart murmur?

Does a rbbb cause a heart murmur?

Nope: The right bundle branch block would just cause the right ventricle to contract a little later than normal. If you have a murmur, it must be unrelated. Many murmurs are completely benign -- a good cardiologist can tell you the cause of your murmur and whether or not it is of concern. ...Read more

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What can cause a heart murmur to suddenly get worse?

What can cause a heart murmur to suddenly get worse?

THE HEART VALVE: Creating the murmur has become thicker or less mobile or more floppy. ...Read more

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Does a PFO (patent foramen ovale) ever cause a heart murmur?

Does a PFO (patent foramen ovale) ever cause a heart murmur?

NO: A pfo is a small communication between the two upper chambers of the heart and usually it does not cause a murmur. Now if the hole is bigger it may be an atrial septal defect (ASD) which would cause a murmur. So unless it's an ASD and erroneously called a pfo, it should not cause a murmur. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a rbbb (right bundle branch block) cause a heart murmur?

Would it be possible that a rbbb (right bundle branch block) cause a heart murmur?

No: A rbbb is a pattern seen in the ECG where the electrical impulse is delay or interrupted as it spread along the heart. Prevalence increase with age. At 80 y/o close to 10% people can have it. Somewhat benign but an evaluation need to be done to r/o heart and lung conditions. Conditions like copd, cad, myocarditis, valvular heart disease, and other structural heart conditions. ...Read more

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I have many abscess teeth for about 15 years this has cause a heart murmur been on antibiotics for 6 years I don't want to die but no one will help?

I have many abscess teeth for about 15 years this has cause a heart murmur been on antibiotics for 6 years I don't want to die but no one will help?

Help yourself: You must take better care of yourself. Help must begin with your own willingness to care, seek proper medical treatment and follow advice and instructions. A teaching hospital with a dental department should be able to provide you with excellent medical and dental care. ...Read more

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What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

Many things: The most common systolic murmur is an innocent flow murmur. Some murmurs represent rapid blood flow through a tight valve or tube, some rapid flow through a whole. Many docs are rained to know based on exam, but a cardiac ultrasound is sometimes done to confirm or exclude the initial impression. ...Read more

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What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

Many are Normal: Many children develop Heart murmurs as they grow.
They are caused by blood vibrating the heart as it beats. Sometimes it can be caused by a hole in the heart or other abnormal changes in heart valves. A visit to a pediatric heart specialist would be a great way to clarify this. Most of them are innocent (not a significant health issue) and resolve without treatment. Get it checked ...Read more

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Should a heart murmur cause concern in pregnancy?

Should a heart murmur cause concern in pregnancy?

Yes: In many normal pregnancies a heart murmur can develop as a result of the increase in blood volume that occurs during pregnancy. The vast majority of heart murmurs are harmless but in rare cases, they may suggest a problem with the mother’s heart valves. A physician can evaluate your condition and determine the cause of a murmur and whether it is something that needs further treatment or concern. ...Read more

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Could a heart murmur be a cause for concern?

Could a heart murmur be a cause for concern?

Depends: There are many different types of murmurs, not all are a problem. A good physical may be all that is needed. Other testing such as echocardiograhy can be very helpful. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a heart murmur in a child who is normal?

What is the cause of a heart murmur in a child who is normal?

Innocent murmur: A heart murmur in a healthy, normal child is often and innocent "flow" murmur... Essentially, we heart the blood flow across normal heart structures. ...Read more

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What could causes a heart murmur in an otherwise healthy 17yr. Old?

What could causes a heart murmur in an otherwise healthy 17yr. Old?

Could be normal: Thin young healthy teens can have turbulent blood flow heard as a murmur. Heart valve abnormalities can lead to murmurs, but are rare. Sometimes, if a teen is anemic, the increased heart rate from that will cause the murmur. Have the doctor listen carefully, and an echocardiagram may be needed. This is a painless, not invasive test which uses sound waves to look at the heart structure. ...Read more

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Can a heart murmur cause a seizure in 1 year olds?

Can a heart murmur cause a seizure in 1 year olds?

No: A murmur is a physical and not a disease. Its audible turbulence. It can be from a valve problem, shunt, fever, etc its not the murmur that caused the seizure its the underlying problem that caused both. Would need more info to be more specific. ...Read more

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Can harmless heart murmur cause splinter hemorrhages?

No: Heart murmur is not a diagnosis, it is a finding on physical examination. Some diseases and defects that cause murmurs have an increased risk of endocarditis and one of the physical examination findings in endocarditis can be splinter hemorrhages. ...Read more

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Heart murmur just below the left clavicle and pointed P waves 3-3.5 mm on ECG causes?

Question: What you describe is quite nonspecific. A pulmonary murmur with peaked P waves of right ventricular load/right atrial enlargement would fit this but so could multiple other things. ...Read more

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What causes a heart murmur? I had a echo done but showed nothing but mild regurgitation

What causes a heart murmur? I had a echo done but showed nothing but mild regurgitation

A sound: Murmurs are sounds that are caused by blood going through a structure (valve, hole, etc.). It doesn't have to be abnormal. In fact, there are more normal "innocent" murmurs than abnormal ones.

Mild regurgitation sometimes can't be heard, so your murmur may not even be related. It is either that flow through the valve or an innocent one. ...Read more

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Heart MurMur and Pregnant Could this cause complications during birth?

Heart MurMur and Pregnant Could this cause complications during birth?

Murmur: Heart murmur is just noise. If the noise is caused by a significant heart blood flow problem, that is what you need to know. Ask your doc what is going on. ...Read more

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What causes a heart murmur and why would I have one at age 40? Can stress/anxiety cause one?

What causes a heart murmur and why would I have one at age 40? Can stress/anxiety cause one?

Murmur: A heart murmur. A murmur is just noise. Sometimes serious problems cause a murmur many times a murmur is caused by normal flow. Patients often misctranslate what the dr. Tells them. ...Read more

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If have a heart murmur can I take Amoxcillin and fluoxetine? Cause I am taking both these now.

If have a heart murmur can I take Amoxcillin and fluoxetine? Cause I am taking both these now.

YES: There are no contraindications for either an antibiotic (which is often GIVEN to prevent heart valve infections) or Prozac

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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What causes fatigue, hair loss, infertility, insomnia, non threatening heart murmur?

What causes fatigue, hair loss, infertility, insomnia, non threatening heart murmur?

Practically anything: Any chronic illness would cause all of those symptoms. For example, advanced kidney disease, cirrhosis. Anemia, diabetes, thyroid deficiency, adrenal insufficiency to name a few. Any serious infection (for example sub-acute bacterial endocarditis) could also cause all of those sx. ...Read more

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Can my concave sternum cause or contribute to the chest pain associated with my heart murmur? 38 y/o F with a 13 year history

Highly Unlikeky: While on occasion Pectus Excavatum can impinge upon heart function and or lung function- this is exceedingly rare and most people have the correctional surgery only for cosmetic reasons. Murmurs do not appears as a result of Pectus.
Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more