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When during pregnancy does blood volume increase? Can this cause a pregnancy heart murmur?

When during pregnancy does blood volume increase? Can this cause a pregnancy heart murmur?

2nd trimester: Most of the blood volume changes occur during the second trimester and continue until 34-36 weeks. Along with blood volume increases, there is a rise in cardiac output. With the rise in cardiac output, the presence of a heart murmur is common. Heart murmur does not necessarily indicate the presence of heart disease, and most pregnant women with a heart murmur have a normal heart. ...Read more

Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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When during pregnancy does blood volume increase? Can this cause a pregnancy heart murmur?

2nd trimester: Most of the blood volume changes occur during the second trimester and continue until 34-36 weeks. Along with blood volume increases, there is a rise in cardiac output. With the rise in cardiac output, the presence of a heart murmur is common. Heart murmur does not necessarily indicate the presence of heart disease, and most pregnant women with a heart murmur have a normal heart. ...Read more

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Preventing Pregnancy (Checklist)

Take birth control pills at the same time each day as directed
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Associate taking the pills with a common activity done daily
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Be aware of medication that could interfere with birth control
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Use barrier protection to prevent STDs
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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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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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Parenting a Child During Puberty (Checklist)

Be proactive and truthful
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Allow room for growth
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Explore books on puberty at your child's level
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Talk, talk, talk
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My 8month old diagnosed heart murmur.he is healthy, growing well,developing.in pregnancy had heart sono,all was well.chance of murmur being innocent?

My 8month old diagnosed heart murmur.he is healthy, growing well,developing.in pregnancy had heart sono,all was well.chance of murmur being innocent?

Very good: Most of the "murmur bad" group are discovered by age 2 mo. through a variety of physical findings or testing. In decades as a pediatrician, I think I heard an innocent murmur at some point in most of my kids. It was became so common and the findings so predictable, I often just monitored them for years without any testing.These often disappeared with age. ...Read more

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Am I a high risk pregnancy because of my heart murmur and will delivery be dangerous?

Am I a  high risk pregnancy because of my heart murmur and will delivery be dangerous?

Possibly.: It all depends on what type of cardiac condition you have; if it is only a mild mitral valve prolapse for example, you should anticipate completely normal outcomes. If it is something more serious, your cardiologist and perinatologist should devise a birthing plan to assist you and minimize the risks to your health. ...Read more

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Managing Pregnancy Complications (Checklist)

Keep all scheduled appointment with your ob/Gyn
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Contact your doctor for unusual symptoms
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Monitor the baby's kick counts in 3rd trimester
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Discuss the optimal time for delivery with your OB
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Having heart palpitations randomly (last 2-10 min.), mostly at night before bed or if i get hungry during day. Dr also says I have benign heart murmur?

Having heart palpitations randomly (last 2-10 min.), mostly at night before bed or if i get hungry during day. Dr also says I have benign heart murmur?

Odds are you're fine: Palpitations at rest are common in healthy young adults. Stay hydrated, get enough sleep and exercise, avoid caffeine. If you have experienced significant decrease in exercise tolerance, if the palpitations get worse with exertion, if they cause dizziness or fainting, or if they don't improve within several weeks, go see a doctor. Benign heart murmurs are benign. ...Read more

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Having a Healthy Pregnancy (Checklist)

Don't smoke
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Take a walk: walking promotes easier labor
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Take prenatal vitamins with folate to reduce birth defects
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Eat a healthy diet, including lots of fruit and dairy products
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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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I've always had a innocent heart murmur, but can a murmur affect your cardiovascular capacity during intense workouts?

I've always had a innocent heart murmur, but can a murmur affect your cardiovascular capacity during intense workouts?

Murmurs: There are many types of murmurs which can range from those that are life threatening to benign or innocent murmurs. If indeed you have a benign murmur then you have nothing to worry about and, no, it wouldn't effect your capacity during workouts. ...Read more

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss (Checklist)

Find and attend a support group
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Consider meeting with a therapist with your spouse
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Talk with family and friends about how you are feeling
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My husband has a heart murmur. Sometimes he blacks out when his heart rate gets to high but come back in seconds. How can I keep calm during these?

My husband has a heart murmur. Sometimes he blacks out when his heart rate gets to high but come back in seconds. How can I keep calm during these?

Cardiology consult: This condition should be checked by a cardiologist to determine the cause of his blackouts. It is possible that he has an irregulat heartbeat which can sometimes be regulated with the use of medicine(s). ...Read more

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What causes the type of acute breathlessness where it hurts when breathing in and during expiration? The chest is clear, BP & HRT rate fine, heart murmur upper left & central chest.

What causes the type of acute breathlessness where it hurts when breathing in and during expiration? The chest is clear, BP & HRT rate fine, heart murmur upper left & central chest.

See your provider: This is usually due to irritation of the lung lining or to irritation of the nerve along the rib. In any case there are many potential causes for both of these. Most causes are quite benign but some are serious. You should see your provider to obtain a complete assessment for this. ...Read more

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Treating an Ectopic Pregnancy (Checklist)

Get diagnosed
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Get laparoscopic surgery or treat with methotrexate medication
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I have a heart murmur, during exercise I get jaw ache, shoulder and arm pain. I get shortness of breathe and dizzy. Better with rest but is repetitive?

I have a heart murmur, during exercise I get jaw ache, shoulder and arm pain. I get shortness of breathe and dizzy. Better with rest but is repetitive?

Report: Report your symptoms to your General Physician. Complete cardiac evaluation is in order. Referral to Cardiologist may be required. Do not exercise until you are screened. ...Read more

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How bad can a heart murmur get?

How bad can a heart murmur get?

Depends: A heart murmur is indicative of damaged heart valves. It is graded between 1 to 5 depending on how loudly it is heard. This is usually reflective of how badly damaged the valves are. ...Read more

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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