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Does smoking hookah show up on your ultrasound for a heart murmur and is smoking hookah bad for you?

Does smoking hookah show up on your ultrasound for a heart murmur and is smoking hookah bad for you?

Smoking: Breathing any kind of smoke is not healthful for the lungs. Some smoke has absorbable substances which can cause systemic trouble. ...Read more

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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I quit smoking 31 yrs ago and my dr says he can see that I used to smoke becuz of clubbing. I also have a heart murmur. Can smoking cause this defect?

I quit smoking 31 yrs ago and my dr says he can see that I used to smoke becuz of clubbing. I also have a heart murmur. Can smoking cause this defect?

Not Reliable & Yes: Clubbing occurs both as a genetic variant & is ↑ed by chronic lung disease & ↓o2; however no way to know the basis just by its presence. Heart murmur just means sound, typically due to turbulence in blood flow, believed to be originating from the heart. Mitral leak most common basis for murmur, aortic sclerosis/stenosis 2nd most frequent. Both can be promoted by smoking>artery ds, mi & aortic ds. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do you treat a heart murmur?

How do you treat a heart murmur?

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

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What to do about my heart murmur?

What to do about my heart murmur?

See a cardiologist.: Just see a cardiologist and he or she will tell you if there's anything that needs to be done. Could be fine, or could require attention. It's all in the details. ...Read more

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What does having a? Heart murmur mean?

What does having a? Heart murmur mean?

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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What does a slower heart murmur mean?

What does a slower heart murmur mean?

No idea: A heart murmur is the sound produce by turbulence as blood goes from one chamber of the heart to the next when the flow is not smooth. So it can be described as loud or soft, short or long but never "slow". You need to check if you have the right term. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in a heart murmur?

None: Heart murmur is a finding on physical examination, not a diagnosis or a symptom. Heart murmur means that blood flow makes noise when listening to the chest. Heart murmurs can be due to normal blood flow or due to a heart problem. ...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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In simple terms what is a pansystolic heart murmur?

In simple terms what is a pansystolic heart murmur?

Heart murmur: A heart murmur is sound produced by an abnormal heart structure. Pansystolic murmur is one which continues throughout the whole heart contraction phase. The commonest pansystolic murmur is mitral insufficiency, others are ventricular septal defect and tricuspid insufficiency. There are others less common. ...Read more

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Do I need to have my heart murmur checked regularly?

Do I need to have my heart murmur checked regularly?

It depends: Heart murmur is not a diagnosis. You need to know what is causing your murmur. ...Read more

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What kind of heart murmur do I have or possibly had?

What kind of heart murmur do I have or possibly had?

Murmurs are not: Normal but not necessarily a bad thing, you would need an echocardiogram to definitely diagnose ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you have a heart murmur?

A murmur is: Produced as a result if turbulent blood flow sufficient to produce audible sound hear by stethoscope. A murmur can be physiologic or pathologic. Most common cause is narrowing and/or leaking valves. Physical exam and auscultation in combination with echocardiogram for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Please tell me what happens when you have heart murmur?

Please tell me what happens when you have heart murmur?

Murmur: A murmur is a noise caused by turbulent flow in a vessel or the heart. Anemia often causes an increased heart rate which can cause a murmur. Abnormal valves or connections between chambers can also cause murmur. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Heart murmur?

What is the definition or description of: Heart murmur?

Heart Murmur: 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, or patent ductus arteriosus. ...Read more

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What are somethings that a person with a heart murmur must do?

What are somethings that a person with a heart murmur must do?

DEPENDS ON THE: Severity, which valve, the health of the heart muscle itself, age, other medical conditions. ...Read more

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What happens if a heart murmur is left untreated, what happens?

What happens if a heart murmur is left untreated, what happens?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the heart murmur. Some are "benign" and should be left alone. Others are serious. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a newly discovered heart murmur if you are 65+?

How dangerous is a newly discovered heart murmur if you are 65+?

Murmur: Heart murmur just means noise. Talk to the doc and what he believes is causing the murmur and what is its significance. ...Read more

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What happens if a heart murmur doesn't heal? What are the next steps?

What happens if a heart murmur doesn't heal? What are the next steps?

Too vague: A murmur is a sound your provider hears through a stethoscope, and may me associated with a normal heart. If the murmur is related to valve pathology, the severity of the condition will have to be evaluated and followed, usually with an echocardiogram. If the valve condition is severe and produces symptoms, or changes in the hearts function, repair or replacement of the valve may be needed. ...Read more

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What happens if a heart murmur doesn't heal? What are the next steps?

What happens if a heart murmur doesn't heal? What are the next steps?

Murmur: Heart murmur is noise caused by turbulent blood flow in and around the heart. In timing there are systolic, diastolic and continuous murmurs. By cause there are too many to enumerate here. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the army reject you if you have a heart murmur?

What's the expert opinion, could the army reject you if you have a heart murmur?

That depends on what: The cause of the murmur is. Check this site for standards for various causes for murmurs: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/heart. Htm. ...Read more

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Does a rbbb cause a heart murmur?

Nope: The right bundle branch block would just cause the right ventricle to contract a little later than normal. If you have a murmur, it must be unrelated. Many murmurs are completely benign -- a good cardiologist can tell you the cause of your murmur and whether or not it is of concern. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a toddler to have a heart murmur?

Is it normal for a toddler to have a heart murmur?

Yes, its common: Yes, its very common for young kids to have slight heart murmurs. Most often they are called stills murmurs or innocent murmurs and are heard simply becausea child is small and thin and the wooshing sound of the blood in the heart is easily heard. There could be something wrong and it should be evaulated by your doctor, but most heart murmurs in kids are benign. ...Read more

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What could causes a heart murmur in an otherwise healthy 17yr. Old?

What could causes a heart murmur in an otherwise healthy 17yr. Old?

Could be normal: Thin young healthy teens can have turbulent blood flow heard as a murmur. Heart valve abnormalities can lead to murmurs, but are rare. Sometimes, if a teen is anemic, the increased heart rate from that will cause the murmur. Have the doctor listen carefully, and an echocardiagram may be needed. This is a painless, not invasive test which uses sound waves to look at the heart structure. ...Read more

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Can a heart murmur be genetic?

Can a heart murmur be genetic?

Yes: If caused by bicuspid aortic valve or hocm...An echocardiogram would provide the answer. ...Read more

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Why are energy drinks harmful ifor you have a heart murmur?

Why are energy drinks harmful ifor you have a heart murmur?

Depends: There are a large group of people with innocent heart murmurs that will not have any specific effect from such drinks. A few, with complex murmurs, (usually from congenital heart disease)should/would have been warned by their docs to avoid stimulants. Not knowing how this applies to you limits the answer. Maybe you should ask your doc. ...Read more

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If you have a heart murmur, is it bad that your heart beats fast?

If you have a heart murmur, is it bad that your heart beats fast?

Murmur: The effect of increased heart rate varies depending on the heart abnormality. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility of me doing something that gives my baby a heart murmur while I'm pregnant?

Yes: If by heart murmur you mean a heart defect (they are not synonymous though), yes. There are certain medications that are associated with heart defects (even taking Aspirin can be dangerous) and alcohol or smoking can be a problem. Discuss with your doctor behaviors during pregnancy that can be harmful to your baby. ...Read more