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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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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?

Regardless of: Whether you have a murmur or structural heart problem, Ecstasy (MDMA) has NO medical indications and can lead to addiction and death. In short, NO it is NOT safe for you or anyone else.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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: 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Interested to know how does thyrotoxicosis cause heart murmurs?

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.

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Can anxiety cause heart murmur? Does it go away when anxiety goes away?

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.

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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.

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

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