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Heart Valve Murmur
Is it possible to have heart valve problem w/o murmur? I have sx--lightheadedness, cold feet/hands, mild HTN, freq PACs. Should I ask PCP for ECHO?
A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more
How often does a ficial heart murmur heal itself and can a leaking heart valve close itself? Also he hasn't seen cardiologist since diagnosed @ 15mo
Uncertain terms: I don't know what the word "ficial" means. Most children who have a heart murmur have a "normal" murmur. That means that there is noise with blood flow, but no actual underlying abnormality causing the noise. This is a normal finding, and typically, with growth, the murmur disappears. Other terms that people use are "innocent" and "functional" to describe such murmurs. ...Read more
Will a arotic anuerysm get smaller and go away in time, will a heart murmur go away, from a leakage of a heart valve if you lower blood pressure?
Yes: You can have heart valve disease without a murmur. As an example, you can have a bicuspid aortic valve without a murmur, although you would tend to have an ejection click. Importantly, though, if you have an abnormal heart valve and there is not enough flow disturbance to cause a murmur, the severity of disease tends to be mild. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son (20 yr)was diagnosed w/ heart murmur (leaky valve).He drinks lots of RedBull in college.Lately complaining of chest pain.Could it be from Rdbul?
To direct flow: A heart valve functions to allow unidirectional blood flow. When chambers of the heart contract, one heart valve will open and one will close; this effectively allows only one low resistance pathway for the blood to follow. If there were no valves, blood would flow backwards from where it just came as well as forwards. This would significantly decrease the effectiveness of the heart as a pump. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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