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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

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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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. ...Read more

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How do a heart murmur and a cardiac arrythmia differ?

How do a heart murmur and a cardiac arrythmia differ?

2 different things: A murmur is a sound you hear with a stethoscope. It may be innocent or represent heart disease. An arrhythmia is an irregular rhythm which also may either be benign or serious. ...Read more

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What is a heart murmur and how does it affect my enlarged heart?

What is a heart murmur and how does it affect my enlarged heart?

Sound in the heart: When you hear blood flow through a competent or narrow hear valve, it is a heart murmur. It it is singificant, it can enalrge heart chambers due to excessive blood flow. ...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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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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Does a really fast heart rate cause a heart attack?

Does a really fast heart rate cause a heart attack?

Not usual but it can: The fast heart beat which is generated by the lower heart chambers(ventricular tachycardia) can reduce the blood volume generated by the heart and if the subject has low preserve (some narrowing of the coronary arteries or decreased heart function) can cause ischemia t the heart. ...Read more

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Can dysautomonia cause panic attack like symptoms with high heart rate (up to 185bpm)? If so, why does this occur?

Can dysautomonia cause panic attack like symptoms with high heart rate (up to 185bpm)? If so, why does this occur?

Autonomic: Dysfunction can cause rapid heart rates, which in some persons will precipitate a panic attack, as it's easy to fixate on the sensation of a racing heart rate/palpitations. ...Read more

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Does too much stress cause heart failure and a heart attack?

Does too much stress cause heart failure and a heart attack?

There is a known: Entity called: apical ballooning, takotsubo's or "broken heart" syndrome which can reduce heart function and mimic a heart attack which is a stress mediated process occurring due to adrenergic overload. It is treated with beta blockers & is fairly rare. ...Read more

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How does a cardiologist evaluate heart murmurs?

How does a cardiologist evaluate heart murmurs?

Look, listen, feel.: Good cards will look, listen and feel chest, neck and peripheral pulses. They will likely have you perform maneuvers such as squat, hand grip or breath hold. If necessary they may obtain cardiac echo which delineates valves, chambers and function of the heart. ...Read more

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Heart pain is it a heart attack, how can I tell?

Heart pain is it a heart attack, how can I tell?

Heart attacks...: Present in many ways. Women may be diagnosed late if symptoms vary from classic "elephant on my chest. Symptoms are often mistaken for indigestion, fatigue or reflux disease. A sharp pain that is fleeting or pain that is reproduced by pushing on the area is unlikely cardiac. Heavy pain beneath the breast bone, jaw or neck pain and left arm pain are classic. If there is concern, go to the er! ...Read more

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What does stress do to cause a heart attack?

What does stress do to cause a heart attack?

Stress & Heart Attac: Stress over time increases your cortisol which increase your blood sugar, which contributes to insulin resistance in many cases, which causes inflammation, which is what causes heart attacks and strokes. In the short term, big stress can raise blood pressure and pulse and stress your heart, which can cause a heart attack in the right setting. Stress management is important. ...Read more

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How serious is a heart murmur?

Depends: Most heart murmurs are benign. Functional murmurs are those that relate to turbulent flow through normal valves. Anyone of us can have a murmur. Some murmurs are related to mild or moderate leaking across valves and do not need any immediate attention. However, other murmurs are more serious and related to serious narorwing or leaking of valves. Some relate to holes in heart such as vsd's. ...Read more

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How does a heart palpitation feel?

How does a heart palpitation feel?

Palpitation Sx: Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also found with abnormal hearts. ...Read more

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How can one treat a heart murmur?

How can one treat a heart murmur?

Depends : On the specific murmur. Some are physiologic and benign while others may be pathologic. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to get anxiety attacks?

Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to get anxiety attacks?

Possibly: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3287421 there has been much written about the association between panic disorder and mitral valve prolapse, as above. While the association is small, in my practice I have seen patients who have mvp, panic disorder and both. ...Read more

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Interested to know how does thyrotoxicosis cause heart murmurs?

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. ...Read more

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Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to have anxiety attacks?

Can mitral valve prolapse cause a person to have anxiety attacks?

Unlikely: This is a situation where two conditions that are very common (mitral valve prolapse and anxiety) may coexist in the same individual but is does not mean one caused the other. Some people with mvp may experience palpitations which could be unsettling and someone with anxiety may feel overwhelmed by having what they percieve as "something wrong with their heart". ...Read more

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How do a heart attack and a heart seizure differ?

How do a heart attack and a heart seizure differ?

Continuum: Angina can be quite severe and respond to rest, oxygen, nitroglycerin. And fully recover with no muscle death. The pain fibers are the same source. Some myocardial infarction can be asymptomatic all the way to the worst, ominous, pain ever! there is heart muscle death as the defining entity may need surgery or intervention seizure could also mean an arrythmia? ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more