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Does Being Overweight Cause Heart Murmurs
I recently found out that I have a heart murmur. Does this mean I have a heart problem? I also have had high blood pressure. I am not overweight.
Htn, heart murmur: Murmur does not necessarily mean heart problem. Needs workup. Htn needs evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
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
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
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
I have an innocent heart murmur caused by a tiny tiny hole in my heart. I want to try MDMA, is this safe for me to do?
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
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
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
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
THE HEART VALVE: Creating the murmur has become thicker or less mobile or more floppy. ...Read more
What causes a heart murmur? I was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. Should I be worried as an adult? What causes heart murmurs and are there any symptoms to look for?
A murmur is simply a sound coming from the heart. It could mean nothing or be very serious and require treatment and follow -up.
See a cardiologist and get an echocadiogram with doppler of your heart. This will tell the story. And you will know exactly what you need to do if anything.
Don't wait! ...Read more
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
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
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
High flow: The high blood flow of the hyperthyroid heart can cause all sorts of sounds, including murmurs. These may go away simply by slowing things down with a b-blocker, or by treating the thyroid. But other conditions can coexist, so talk to your doctor about whether or not an echocardiogram should be done. ...Read more
NO: A heart murmur is a condition related to abnormal flow of blood through one (or more) of the heart valves. Anxiety can cause or worsen different abnormal heart rhythms, which in turn can increase the heart murmur. Example: anxiety can cause increased heart rate and in turn worsen a murmur. So the short answer is no, but anxiety can certainly make an underlying murmur more apparent. ...Read more
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
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
How can my anxiety cause me to have a heart murmur? Lately, I have really noticed my heart beat goes into groups of three or more. I haven't really been experiencing anything out of the ordinary because of this. I am just really worried and I know my pare
When you feel your heart beating in groups of three, you may have a minor arrhythmia called trigeminy. With this condition every third heart beat is a premature beat. After the skipped beat there is typically a brief pause and then the normal heart beats begin again. Most of the time these heart beats are benign and are not a marker of anything serious.
Factors that might increase these irregular heart beats include stress, caffeine, alcohol, lack of sleep, cold/viruses, or any other physical or emotional stress.
If your heart were to start racing for an extended period of time, or if the irregular heart beats were associated with difficulty breathing, lightheadedness or chest discomfort I would recommend you contact your doctor. Otherwise it sounds like no further evaluation or treatment is needed. ...Read more