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Systolic Ejection Murmur
Diagnostic procedure: For older cardiologists like me physical exam after history often tells us what the cause and relative severity of the systolic murmurs is. The first test we generally order specific to the 'murmur' is the echocardiogram, this generally gives a very good indication of the valve problem and its severity. If necessary we might go on to other testing such as cardiac catheterization. ...Read more
I have been diagnose to have grade 2/6 systolic ejection murmur over 2-5 local with a split 2nd HS heard over mitral area. Will it affect me? I am 23
What causes a systolic ejection murmur in adults?I've had heart ablation & echoes but this is new.Can weight loss cause it?I've lost 110lbs naturally.
Discuss with doc: If i listen to a kid often enough as they grow up i will eventually hear a murmur in most. Mild systolic ejection murmurs are often just flow related, like the noise water makes in a babbling brook .Flow thru slightly narrow pulmonary arteries are frequent a cause of systolic murmurs. Clarify with your dr whether the murmur means anything. Most murmur"bad" is addressed at birth. ...Read more
Flow murmur: Ejection systolic murmur usually refers to a benign murmur caused by increased blood flow. In other words, this is a functional murmur and not caused by any valvular pathology. Common causes are increased heart rate, increased adrenergic tone (ie adrenaline), increase blood volume as in a pregnant state. More serious systolic murmurs indicate aortic stenosis, or outflow tract obstruction. ...Read more
I have a 1-2/6 ejection systolic murmur at RUSB radiating to both carotids, trivial to mild AR, non-dilated chambers. Will the AR get worse? Thanks.
Possibly: You are quite young and it is important to have regular follow-up. The AR you describe may in fact be "trivial" and cause you no problems at all ! AR is typically a diastolic murmur - be sure to check with your doc about findings. Many people live comfortably even with mild or moderate AR so be sure to address any risks for heart disease you may have and keep in touch with your doctor! ...Read more
Pumping Time!: The ventricles of the heart pump blood to the lungs and to the rest of the body. The portion of the cardiac cycle where they fill with blood is known as diastole. The portion where they contract to push that blood forward is known as systole. A murmur which occurs during this portion of the cardiac cycle is known as a systolic murmur. ...Read more