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Is a heart murmur still a big deal for joining the military?

Is a heart murmur still a big deal for joining the military?

Depends: Heart murmur is not synonymous with a heart problem. A heart murmur is a sort of "squirting" sound that can be heard when listening to the heart with a stethoscope. Some of these "squirting" sounds are simply the sound of blood being "squirted" out of the heart (innocent murmurs) but they may also be the result of an abnormality of your heart. You should have yourself checked.

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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


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Can I still exercise if I have a heart murmur?

Can I still exercise if I have a heart murmur?

Depends: Depends on the reason for the sound (murmur). A murmur is not a diagnosis, it is a sound you hear with a stethoscope. Ask your doctor if it is an innocent murmur, or if you have heart disease. And ask about exercise.

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How common is a childhood heart murmur to be still there in adulthood?

How common is a childhood heart murmur to be still there in adulthood?

Cause?: That question can't be answered without knowing the cause of the murmur. "Murmur" just means a sound that we hear - it can be caused by many things including a small hole in the heart, heart valve issues, anemia, or just the blood flow through the vessels (innocent). An innocent murmur tends to "come and go" and often disappear completely. A hole might close. Anemia can resolve. Learn the cause.

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Turned blue 3 times when I was a baby from heart murmur-now I get sob-do I still have a heart murmur? I'm 19 now...

Turned blue 3 times when I was a baby from heart murmur-now I get sob-do I still have a heart murmur? I'm 19 now...

The only sure way: To find out if you still have a heart murmur and if it is something to worry about since you are now having shortness of breath is to see your physician or cardiologist. They will do a cardiac work up and tell you exactly if this is just a functional/ healthy murmur or pathological

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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?

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

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I had a heart murmur since I was a baby and the dr said it's still really loud. I had it checked when I was 7 but I have chest pains. What could it be?

I had a heart murmur since I was a baby and the dr said it's still really loud. I had it checked when I was 7 but I have chest pains. What could it be?

Heart murmur: What did your echocardiogram reveal about your heart murmur? Do you have a significant valvular problem? Your chest pains may not be related to the heart and more info is needed about your chest pains to make a diagnosis. Your physician who knows your condition is best to advise you.

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I sneezed yesterday and started feeling breathless and still do today is this a result of allergies my asthma or my heart murmur?

I sneezed yesterday and started feeling breathless and still do today is this a result of allergies my asthma or my heart murmur?

Allergies and asthma: Although some heart conditions that cause heart murmers can be associated with shortness of breath, the combination of sneezing and breathlessness is most likely to be due to a flar in your allergies and asthma, or due to a new upper respiratory infection. If using your allergy and asthma medications as instructed does not provide you with relief, or if new symptoms develop, schedule a visit.

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Got Echocardiogram done due to a heart murmur. Echo shows Mild MVP w/ Trace regurgitation, EF 67%, no symptoms. HELP! Is this really bad? PCP says its common in young thin women. Just need yearly echo to follow up. Can I still drink coffee?

Got Echocardiogram done due to a heart murmur. Echo shows Mild MVP w/ Trace regurgitation, EF 67%, no symptoms. HELP! Is this really bad? PCP says its common in young thin women. Just need yearly echo to follow up. Can I still drink coffee?

Yes and its not bad: The doctor is correct this is common, very common to find MVP and trace regard, What it means is what you heart contracts the mitral valve leafs kind of bend backwards and open a little allowing a small amount of blood to flow backwards. Some patients feel palpitations, or have irregular heart bats that when worked up we find the MVP. You can drink coffee just in moderation

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I've had a full work up but still have high platelets and a heart murmur and feel sick all the time with chills, aches, chest pain, dizzy. What now?

I've had a full work up but still have high platelets and a heart murmur and feel sick all the time with chills, aches, chest pain, dizzy. What now?

Keep searching: Conditions or factors that can cause a high platelet count are: iron-deficiency anemia hemolytic anemia absence of spleen cancer inflammatory or infectious diseases, such as connective tissue disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, and tuberculosis reactions to medicines I would recommend second opinion especially a hematologist.

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I had echo for a new heart murmur that appeared 6 months ago. I was told that I am fine. I have fatigue, fever, splinter nail hemorrhages and blood+protein in the urine. Could it still be endocarditis despite the normal echo?

I had echo for a new heart murmur that appeared 6 months ago. I was told that I am fine. I have fatigue, fever, splinter nail hemorrhages and blood+protein in the urine. Could it still be endocarditis despite the normal echo?

Absolutely: You have endocarditis and need to be seen and treated by infectious diseases experts asap. Echocardiography, even if done at its best, does not exclude the diagnosis and you have most of the criteria. There are many cases of culture-negative endocarditis. If you are not being seen by an id expert you need to do that now. There are serologic studies to identify organisms (like coxiella burnetti).

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Can you advise for heart murmur and military?

Can you advise for heart murmur and military?

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.

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What's a heart murmur?

What's a heart murmur?

Noise: It's a subjective finding of noise in a heart by stethoscope. Some murmurs are physiologically normal and others require further evaluation by echocardiogram.

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What is a heart murmur?

What is a heart murmur?

Unexpected noise: When you listen to the heart, the traditional lub-dup of the valves closing is what you expect to hear. When you hear an extra whooshing or vibratory sound it is usually of low intensity, so the "murmur" label is used. It can be murmur "good", or just part of the dynamic flow of blood. If it is murmur "bad", it represents a defect requiring special attention and care.

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What is benign heart murmur?

What is benign heart murmur?

Common, not serious: Heart murmur is basically an extrasound is heard/generated when the heart pumps. Benign in medicine means not serious/not concerning. Probably about 60% of young children have some murmur during the first decade of life because of the rapid changes in the heart as they grow. So, if doc said benign heart murmur, that is something not to worry. If u are still concerned, consult doc. Good luck.

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Can you feel a heart murmur?

Can you feel a heart murmur?

They are graded 1-6: You might feel a really loud (6) murmur by putting your hand on your chest wall but you would not be able to feel a very soft murmur. You can have a murmur which is "innocent" and has no significance or you can have a murmur which is very forboding. A trained physician lnows how to interpret the significance of the sounds that he hears. A creaky floor night mean the building is about to fall or n

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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.

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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.

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