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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...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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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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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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Does thyrotoxicosis causes heart murmurs?

Does thyrotoxicosis causes heart murmurs?

High flow: Yes, this is common. Thyrotoxicosis increases cardiac output and the increased flow of blood can often create a "flow murmur". Although your doctor may want to do an echo to check it out, a flow murmur from hyperthyroidism is benign and usually goes away with treatment of the thyroid. ...Read more

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What can heart murmurs be caused by?

What can heart murmurs be caused by?

Many things: There are many types of murmurs that sound and behave differently. Commonly it's related to how blood flows through different parts of your heart. ...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 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 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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Dr. Barton Cook
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Heart Murmur (Definition)

Heart murmurs are clinical findings in which a physician hears a murmur (a sound caused by the flowing and turbulence of blood) during the physical exam of a patient. Murmurs occur due abnormalities in the valves of the heart ...Read more