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

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.
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.

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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...

Doctor found a heart murmur on my 18month old today. He has got to have a scan. Should I be worried?

Well child? Children who are tired, short of breath, losing weight and not eating or playing may well have a serious heart condition. A playful, well child who is growing and gaining weight is less likely to have a significant or worrisome murmur. Read more...
Heart murmur. Murmur is the sound of blood through valves/ openings. Often is physiologic - fast flow through tiny heart .Others- holes that did not close w/ birth ( patent foramen ovale),or mitral valve prolapse(floppy valve), not usually very significant. Patent ductus, ventral septal defect, bicupid valve, stenosis, hypertrophy, anomolous vessels require more f/u. Serious ones often present at birth. Read more...

Might a doctor recommend a termination if woman had a heart murmur? And what about if she's carried a healthy baby to term before?

CONCERN. Might you be the woman? It would surely depend a lot on the cause of that psrticular murmur. Maybe a cardiologist could be more specific about the meaning of the murmur and whether it really was a cause of concern. Dont ponder this alone - we frighten ourselves needlessly and we're often wrong when we try to guess. Read more...
Depends. There are far to many women out there with multiple successful pregnancies and a heart murmur to say this idea is routine. If someone was in borderline heart failure i could see where someone might consider that idea, but not for most folks.Many murmurs are innocent reflections of blood flow and would have no significant impact on a pregnancy. 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...

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

Murmur Common. Many are Benign, some are not. You need a Cardiologist to listen, you may need a sonogram of UR heart (echocardiogram) - simple test. The echo is best way to follow a murmur that is not currently important but could become important in later years. Read more...
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. Read more...

18month old has got to have a heart scan as the doctor found a heart murmur, he said it sounds quite loud. Should I be worried?

No. You should be worried if you DON'T have the exam - most likely an echo, not a scan. There is always more anxiety relating to the unknown. Many murmurs are innocent and require no treatment. If you have a serious cause, it's better to diagnose it earlier and treat it before permanent harm is done than to ignore it and wait. Good luck! 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...