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Doctor insights on: Innocent Heart Murmer Athletic Women

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33 y/o athletic male with chest pains that go away with excessive water intake, an enlarged heart and heart murmur since the age of 8, occasionally feels as if his veins are on fire, and at times will have visibly protruding veins. What could be the cause

33 y/o athletic male with chest pains that go away with excessive water intake, an enlarged heart and heart murmur since the age of 8, occasionally feels as if his veins are on fire, and at times will have visibly protruding veins. What could be the cause

Mgt: There are several cardiac conditions that can cause an enlarged heart ,and some appear to have a genetic association. I would recommend having an EKG and a visit with your cardiologist as soon as possible. If you are experiencing chest pain currently, the ED is available to treat you immediately. ...Read more

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Can i heart murmur go from a grade 1 to a grade 5 or 6? I'm a 18 year old female was first diagnosed with a innocent heart murmur at 14 months of age.

Can i heart murmur go from a grade 1 to a grade 5 or 6? I'm a 18 year old female was first diagnosed with a innocent heart murmur at 14 months of age.

Yes: I would argue that a 5-6 won't be innocent. Innocent murmurs are more common than pathological ones. Yours may not have been innocent but been mild disease, like a mildly narrowed (stenotic) valve. It could slowly progress and the murmur would become louder or harsher over time. If its a 5, you should probably have an echocardiogram. ...Read more

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What is an s3 heart murmur ? How serious is it? 38 year old woman asymptomatic. Had a baby one year ago

What is an s3 heart murmur ?  How serious is it? 38 year old woman asymptomatic. Had a baby one year ago

S3 : S3 is the description used for a 3rd heart sound after the typical "lub dub" you hear when listening to the heart. Young people, athletes, and pregnant women often have an s3 on exam and it is considered completely normal. It can also be an indicator of congestive heart failure, but patients often have other symptoms such as shortness of breath with exercise or lying down, fatigue, swelling of extremeties, weight gain and fluid retention, and coughing up pink phlegm. Since she is 38, asymptomatic, and recently had a child, it is likely benign. If she starts to notice any of the symptoms above, she should call her doctor right away. ...Read more

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Might a doctor recommend a termination if woman had a heart murmur? And what about if she's carried a healthy baby to term before?

CONCERN: Might you be the woman? It would surely depend a lot on the cause of that psrticular murmur. Maybe a cardiologist could be more specific about the meaning of the murmur and whether it really was a cause of concern. Dont ponder this alone - we frighten ourselves needlessly and we're often wrong when we try to guess. ...Read more

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Upper abd and chest pain in 24yo female with heart murmur, concave chest, and scoliosis. Possible causes?

Upper abd and chest pain in 24yo female with heart murmur, concave chest, and scoliosis. Possible causes?

Many possible: Upper abdominal and chest pain can relate to many, many causes - even some emotional ones. But - what you say about the scoliosis and heart murmur suggest it might be connected to marfan syndrome - especially if you fit the profile - tall, slim, long fingers & feet, eye problems. See a doctor and they'll help you figure out what to do. Best wishes! ...Read more

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40 yr old female with a vsd murmur. Trying to concieve and also need to remove 9 teeth. Should i remove the teeth first or close the hole in my heart?

40 yr old female with a vsd murmur. Trying to concieve and also need to remove 9 teeth. Should i remove the teeth first or close the hole in my heart?

Call Surgeon: Which should be done first is really the surgeon's call but most the time, if there is time they will want the teeth removed first. Either way, you will be given antibiotics to take before the teeth are removed (usually one hour before). If you have a dentist selected, it may be best for the dentist & the surgeon to discuss things to determine the best order. ...Read more

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At what age can I expect my child to outgrow his "innocent" heart murmur?

At what age can I expect my child to outgrow his "innocent" heart murmur?

Doesn't matter: It can be months, years, or occasionally never. Since it is "innocent" you (and as they grow older, your child) need to tell new doctors about the murmur, and the fact it has been evaluated and found to be harmless. And live a normal, heart healthy lifestyle! ...Read more

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5yo had physical and Pedi said her innocent heart murmur is louder than past but still nothing to worry about. Why isn't it gone and why is it louder?

Murmur : Your pedi might be right sometimes it is louder, but usually when you have anemia or fever. You can also ask to see a pediatric cardiologist, maybe an echo can be done and if normal you can be 100% sure that it is innocent or Ped cardiologist may not even see echocardiogram necessary ...Read more

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What is a heart murmer?

What is a heart murmer?

Echo: 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