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Silent Heart Murmur In Children
Can malnutrition worsen 13 year olds congenital heart defect-tetralogy of Fallot, valve regurgitation, and various holes throughout the heart?
Yes, because...: Malnutrition worsens everything related to a one's health, both mentally and physically. In the U.S., with it's economic wealth and ample food supply, there is little malnutrition, except for people who have very little variety in their diets, who refuse to eat, who cannot eat due to medical problems, or who cannot absorb nutrients from their food. Heart is muscle, and muscles need good nutrition. ...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
Have multiple miscarriages. Have heart murmur, severe ectopic heart beats/lack oxygen to heart and pulm stenosis. Can they cause miscarriages?
Possibly...: You may have a "subclinical" defect (such as a very small atrial septal defect) that is not large enough to generate symptoms, yet could potentially be picked up on an echocardiogram. You may also have the most common congenital heart defect ( a bicuspid aortic valve) which could also be picked up on echo and which could be asymptomatic. ...Read more
Many: Many babies have heart murmurs, but most do not have heart disease. Approximately 1 in 100 babies are born with heart disease, so it is important that your baby have a full evaluation by a pediatrician and possibly a pediatric cardiologist if your doctor thinks it is necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause: The symptoms will feel the same but the cause could be quite different. When the heart is not getting enough blood, it relaxes poorly after each heart beat. This can cause shortness of breath. In advanced stages, blocked heart arteries cause heart damage, pumping dysfunction, and heart failure. Valve disease can cause relaxation problems and heart damage as well despite normal circulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can one have valve regurgitation, atrial septal defects, or ventricular septal defects but still have normal and murmurless heart sounds?
48 YEAR OLD MALE, MINOR LEAKY HEART VALVE, DOMINATE RIGHT ARTERY, NO OTHER SIGN OF HEART DISEASE. MONITOR 12 MONTHLY, WHEN WILL THEY OPERATE?
Heart valve: Given provided information an operation might be necessary in 52 years (!) ...Read more
Music?: "i left my heart in san francisco" always comes to mind, of course. I assume there's a typo: signs? Same as men with these caveats: premenopausal women don't get heart attacks unless they smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Chest pain in older women may be atypical. In both men and women, there may be no pain at all. Shortness of breath alone may be a pain surrogate. ...Read more
Increases with age: "heart failure" is defined as heart disease that creates an inability to meet the bodies demands for oxygen. In asd, there are multiple factors that can contribute to this. In isolated asd, this is extremely rare in the first ten years of life, but by age 40, in one degree or another, exists in the majority of patients with large asd. Pfo (and small asds) do not cause heart failure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Son born with heart murmur checked by cardiologist they called it irregular ventricular beats now at 7 innocent heart murmur should I be concerned?
Can taking thalidomide contribute to congenital heart defects and heart failure in my unborn child?
Ecg w marked sinus bradycardia. Septal infarct age undetermined. Abnormal ecg. Heart murmur w left valve leakage. History of chest pain. Is this bad?
Yes: If you have a stethoscope you can hear your heart. Some patients with artificial valves (after a valve replacement) can hear their heart beat by the clicking of the valve. I can hear a person's mechanical heart valve from across a quiet examining room. ...Read more
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