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Should a heart murmur cause concern in pregnancy?

Should a heart murmur cause concern in pregnancy?

Yes: In many normal pregnancies a heart murmur can develop as a result of the increase in blood volume that occurs during pregnancy. The vast majority of heart murmurs are harmless but in rare cases, they may suggest a problem with the mother’s heart valves. A physician can evaluate your condition and determine the cause of a murmur and whether it is something that needs further treatment or concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can pregnancy cause a heart murmur?

Can pregnancy cause a heart murmur?

Yes: Blood volume increases during pregnancy and a pregnant woman can develop a "flow"/innocent murmur assuming she has a structurally normal heart. If she has any structural abnormalities, then some murmurs may become more apparent. ...Read more

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What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

Many things: The most common systolic murmur is an innocent flow murmur. Some murmurs represent rapid blood flow through a tight valve or tube, some rapid flow through a whole. Many docs are rained to know based on exam, but a cardiac ultrasound is sometimes done to confirm or exclude the initial impression. ...Read more

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What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

What could cause a systolic heart murmur in a child?

Many are Normal: Many children develop Heart murmurs as they grow. They are caused by blood vibrating the heart as it beats. Sometimes it can be caused by a hole in the heart or other abnormal changes in heart valves. A visit to a pediatric heart specialist would be a great way to clarify this. Most of them are innocent ( not a significant health issue) and resolve without treatment. Get it checked ...Read more

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Could a heart murmur be a cause for concern?

Could a heart murmur be a cause for concern?

Depends: There are many different types of murmurs, not all are a problem. A good physical may be all that is needed . Other testing such as echocardiograhy can be very helpful. See your doctor. ...Read more

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When should a heart flutter be a cause for concern?

When should a heart flutter be a cause for concern?

Heart flutter: It depends under what circumstances they occur and if you have a history of heart disease. Start with a visit to your primary care md and then proceed on to a cardiologist if appropriate. ...Read more

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When during pregnancy does blood volume increase? Can this cause a pregnancy heart murmur?

When during pregnancy does blood volume increase? Can this cause a pregnancy heart murmur?

2nd trimester: Most of the blood volume changes occur during the second trimester and continue until 34-36 weeks. Along with blood volume increases, there is a rise in cardiac output. With the rise in cardiac output, the presence of a heart murmur is common. Heart murmur does not necessarily indicate the presence of heart disease, and most pregnant women with a heart murmur have a normal heart. ...Read more

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What causes a heart murmur? I was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. Should i be worried as an adult? What causes heart murmurs and are there any symptoms to look for?

What causes a heart murmur? I was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. Should i be worried as an adult? What causes heart murmurs and are there any symptoms to look for?

A : A murmur is simply a sound coming from the heart.. It could mean nothing or be very serious and require treatment and follow -up. See a cardiologist and get an echocadiogram with doppler of your heart ..This will tell the story. And you will know exactly what you need to do if anything. Don't wait ! ...Read more

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Is it serious to have a heart palpitation and a murmur?

Usually not: Generally the two are not related to each other. A murmur is a sound caused by the flow of blood in the heart. In children and young adults, most murmurs are normal sounds ("innocent" murmurs), but some may be caused by problems with the heart. Similarly, most palpitations (feeling the heart beating) are also normal, but they can also be caused by abnormal heart rhythms. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes tachycardia? Should a rapid heart beat be a concern?

What causes tachycardia? Should a rapid heart beat be a concern?

Tachycardia: "Tachycardia" means rapid heart rate. Any stress will make your heart beat fast: fear, anxiety, pain, anger, walking, lifting your arms, standing up. Also: fever, anemia, XS thyroid, infection, pregnancy, and many many other conditions as well. The underlying cause should be addressed if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Heart MurMur and Pregnant Could this cause complications during birth?

Heart MurMur and Pregnant Could this cause complications during birth?

Murmur: Heart murmur is just noise. If the noise is caused by a significant heart blood flow problem, that is what you need to know. Ask your doc what is going on. ...Read more

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Can abnormal BP be a way to detect a heart issue?

Can abnormal BP be a way to detect a heart issue?

Hypertension: Chronically elevated blood pressure can be associated with heart changes. ...Read more

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I have a loud systolic heart murmur best heard in right intercostal space.I have other heart related symptoms.Wud this indicate a valve or hole issue?

I have a loud systolic heart murmur best heard in right intercostal space.I have other heart related symptoms.Wud this indicate a valve or hole issue?

Possibly: A loud heart murmur should be investigated by your physician. It could be a valve problem and an echocardiogram will help to define the issue. The aortic valve is often heard best in the right upper sternal border. ...Read more

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I have a slight heart murmur is it safe to do natural birth with a heart murmur?

It depends: A heart murmur is an extra sound. It does not necessarily indicate significant heart disease. Have an evaluation by your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Having a slight heart murmur as a child mean i will have heart problems in the future?

Having a slight heart murmur as a child mean i will have heart problems in the future?

Not necessarily: Many children have murmurs. And many of those murmurs are "innocent", meaning they are not related to an actual problem with the heart. On the other hand, murmurs can be a sign of a problem. Please discuss this issue with your physician to determine your specific level of risk. ...Read more

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Getting a skipped heart beat here and there while resting, dangerous or of concern? My tests indicate a healthy heart structure and rhythm.

Getting a skipped heart beat here and there while resting, dangerous or of concern? My tests indicate a healthy heart structure and rhythm.

Not dangerous: Occasional palpitations are not worrisome. In fact, to some extent the fact that your heart can skip beats and get back to normal rhythm right away is a good sign that your system is working normally and can withstand more irregularity than those who don't have these. Sounds like you have good medical followup. Good luck, and don't worry. ...Read more

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Can a heart murmur be deadly? Also, could that person with a heart murmur have a heart attack?

Yes: Critical aortic valve stenosis. Severe mitral regurgitation and some others. Yes, sudden death and heart failure are causes. Embolism to coronary or poor flow in he presence , or rarely without, coronary disease.Complex situations need cardiology to help pick the significant murmurs and treat or refer to cardiovascular surgery. ...Read more

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Can a cardiac aneurysm cause a ddimer to be high? What type of test can determine if I have a blood clot in heart?

Can a cardiac aneurysm cause a ddimer to be high?
What type of test can determine if I have a blood clot in heart?

A blood clot in the: heart chambers initially should be tested with an Echocardiogram. Information needed: does patient have atrial fibriillation? On anticoagulation? What are the symptoms? ...Read more

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Can a doctor hear the difference in heart murmurs?

Can a doctor hear the difference in heart murmurs?

Yes, if trained: Most docs can heart heart murmurs & can hear a difference between them, but training teaches them to identify the characteristic sounds of each type, e.g. Mitral stenosis, aortic stenosis, etc. Doppler stethoscopes make it even easier to distinguish them. ...Read more

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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