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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. 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


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

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. ...Read more

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What causes a heart murmur and why would I have one at age 40? Can stress/anxiety cause one?

What causes a heart murmur and why would I have one at age 40? Can stress/anxiety cause one?

Murmur: A heart murmur. A murmur is just noise. Sometimes serious problems cause a murmur many times a murmur is caused by normal flow. Patients often misctranslate what the dr. Tells them. ...Read more

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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

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 : 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

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My brother hasn't had a ECG in a long time he has a heart murmur and also a leaky valve, he gets chest pain sometimes, is it anxiety or heart problems?

Too many scares: There is no good way to answer this without data. You know it, but your brother needs to re-establish care with his physician and to get this figured out! ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barton Cook
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Heart Murmur (Definition)

Heart murmurs are clinical findings in which a physician hears a murmur (a sound caused by the flowing and turbulence of blood) during the physical exam of a patient. Murmurs occur due abnormalities in the valves of the heart ...Read more