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

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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
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Dr. Cynthia Point
I am hoping everything will be fine.
David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Murmurs in youth

Healthy young people, especially athletic ones, often have benign heart murmurs.
However, this is something that must be evaluated by a doc. A doc needs to hear the murmur, note where it is coming from and possibly do an ultrasound exam of their heart. Especially if this is a new murmur, you need to see your doc.

In brief: Murmurs in youth

Healthy young people, especially athletic ones, often have benign heart murmurs.
However, this is something that must be evaluated by a doc. A doc needs to hear the murmur, note where it is coming from and possibly do an ultrasound exam of their heart. Especially if this is a new murmur, you need to see your doc.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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