How bad is a heart murmur? How important is treatment or going to the doctor for it?

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

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Sometimes I get pains near my heart. I have a innocent heart murmur. Doc said she could barely hear it and it was innocent. Is this bad or no?

Doesn't sound bad. Lots of people have heart murmurs. This doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you or your heart. If you are really concerned you could get an echo, (an ultrasound of the heart) but that seems unnecessary from the information provided. I would not worry about this, just like your doctor told you. Read more...

Is pulse pressure important at age 22? PP is 40-50. My doctor says dont worry. Being sent to neurologist for weakness also functioning heart murmur.

Pulse pressure. Pulse pressure can be a sign of vascular or valvular issues. It is also a predictor of cardiac disease in older patients. In the absence of hypertension it is not really helpful in the younger population. I agree with your doc. If there is no significant valvular issue I would not worry about it. Read more...

What are treatment options for a heart murmur?

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...

I have a heart murmur and a small artery and am experiencing problems. What can I do for treatment?

See below. Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. Read more...

What is the treatment for a heart murmur? Surgery?

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...

Is it normal to have a resting heart beat of 99-121 with normal Bp an don't have heart murmur or anything an if it is norm why is my doc worried abot?

Rapid pulse. A number of metabolic conditions, most notable an overactive thyroid can cause an elevated pulse. Anxiety can also cause this. Your primary care should rule out other causes before investigating the heart itself as the cause. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! Read more...

What kind of doctor should I take my infant daughter to if she has a heart murmur?

Infant murmer. Assume it was heard by a pediatrician. Most infant murmers are benign and resolve over time. You should seek the advice of your pediatrician about the murmer. Sometimes an echocardiogram is obtained to evaluate the murmer and if abnormal then you may be referred to a pediatric cardiologist. Read more...
Pediatric cardiologi. you should take her to a pediatric cardiologist. Did your pediatrician say what kind of a murmur it is? A lot of children, at some point, have an innocent murmur, which is transient and benign. If it is pathologic, you should be referred to the specialist, be well! Read more...

My doctor says I might have a heart murmur. Will this effect my performance in track?

Needs evaluation. Murmurs occur when blood moves thru the heart. Some are due to blood that flows thru a valve that is narrowed or doesn't open fully. Others happen if blood moves backwards thru a valve that has closed. Unfound holes in the septum are also a cause. Causes range from benign to serious and all need evaluation. A serious murmur can result in poor sports performance or death under extreme circustances. Read more...
Depends. A heart murmur is the sound that blood makes when it flows through the heart. Most heart murmurs are normal sounds ("innocent" murmurs), which occur in about 40% of children and would have no effect on athletics. Murmurs can also be caused by malformations of the heart, which occur in about 1% of children and rarely do impact athletics. Your pediatrician or a cardiologist can let you know. Read more...