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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. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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
My dr says I may have a very slight heart murmur. Is it still ok to ride roller coasters knowing this?
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. ...Read more
At my recent appointment for my arthritis, my doc told me he heard a heart murmur. I had it checked about 2 years ago, and it was fine. However, I'm wondering if it's bad that you can still hear it? Why hasn't it gone away?
May be a functional: This may be a benign functional murmur - no problem. If need further evaluation see a cardiologist ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Left heart murmur heard into back and neck. Chest pain. Echo norm with trace tricuspid regurgitation. Month later and pulm dr still heard same murmur but says may just be a pleural rub since echo norm. However pleural pain is on opposite side. Ideas?
Heart m or rub: You need to see a cardiologist who can prob hear differently (better) that pulmonologist. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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?
Conditions or factors that can cause a high platelet count are:
absence of spleen
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. ...Read more
Pulm heard a loud heart murmur on left side 1 mo ago. Echo norm. Dr says still loud but prob just pleural rub. Can hear in back and up to neck. Chest pain. Sleep sitting up cause hard to breathe and painful. Does norm echo rule out cardiac issues?
Murmur: Was the echocardiogram perfectly normal or was there some valvular abnormality? Sometimes minor abnormalities create loud murmurs. Other causes of loud noises in the chest and neck include abnormalities of blood vessels in the neck or thorax or pericardial disease. Asymmetric septal hypertrophy of the heart can cause loud murmurs but should be obvious on echocardiogram. See a cardiologist for advi ...Read more
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). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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
It varies: A heart murmur is simply an extra sound coming from the heart. It does not necessarily mean there is a problem to treat. In fact, most children with heart murmurs have no heart disease at all. These are known as "innocent" murmurs. When the murmur is related to heart disease, the treatment depends upon the cause of the murmur ranging from observation to medications to catheter or surgical therapy. ...Read more
Turbulent flow: When fluids flow smoothly, they make no noise (imagine a peaceful, quiet stream); when there is turbulence, they make noise (imagine a raging river). This is a murmur, turbulent flow through the heart, which makes noise. It can be associated with the valves, with various malformations within the heart. Many are benign (flow mumur in pregnancy) but some are bad (aortic stenosis). Talk 2 M.D. ...Read more
Noise: The finding of a heart murmur refers to the ability to hear blood flow. Usually this is accomplished with a stethoscope. There are many possible causes for the finding of a heart murmur, including simple normal blood flow that is audible. Some murmurs are definitely abnormal. More information is necessary and if the murmur is abnormal, there should be a specific diagnosis. ...Read more
None, really: A murmur is a sound from flow in the heart. It can come from a lot of reasons. Symptoms, or how you feel, depend on what is actually going on with your heart. Lots of murmurs are totally normal. When you see your doctor, start with how you are doing or feeling, and if there is any change from before. This will help in the interpretation of your physical signs, like a murmur (if any). Be well! ...Read more
Turbulent flow: The most specific meaning is turbulent blood flow from the "rooms" of the heart (the chambers) through the "doors" (the valves). Many causes exist. The can be from problems or changes in the valves or heart, or from things that effect the blood flow (anemia, exercise, dehydration).Some causes are benign (flow murmur, sometimes prolapse, venous hum), sometimes more serious like valve failure or blockage. ...Read more
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