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Just been told I have a heart murmer - but worried.
I've had a heart murmur my whole life, discovered when I was 5yo. One doctor told me it had gone (as an adult) and another (few years after) said it was still there, s I guess it can be missed. I've never had any problems because of it, and don't need the abs for dental treatment or anything else. Hope that helps a bit.
I had one identified when I was pregnant. It's apparently pretty common for them to be identifed for the fisrt time in pregnancy due to the extra work done by the heart. Or something. Has never caused me any problems before or since TBH.
I've got a fluttery heart too ("benign arrhythmia") - was picked up when I was being a grad student in the States & college was so intensely intense about screening everyone for everything. (Incidentally, they also found, and cured, the archetypal silent nasty [chlamydia], for which I cannot be more grateful.)
The heart thing was something I'd always been aware of - the effect is that the beats go out of phase, so you get a loooooong pause after one beat & then it goes BEATBEAT very suddenly as it catches up with itself. But I hadn't known it was a 'problem'. And it isn't (hence the "benign"). It can be a bother if I have something to worry about when I'm trying to go to sleep - that makes it flutter. Oh, and it does get affected by some sorts of herbal tea - I avoid ginseng.
Anyway apparently - for my thing anyway - exercise/fitness is actually recommended, as if you give your heart a workout the natural effect is to regularise the beat. See what advice you get.
Hiya, me too was diagnosed with mitral valve heart murmur and slight reguritation when I was born, never had any problems from it.
Have had to have few ECG's and Echo's (ultrasound) over the years but never had anything come of them. Was advised to just carry on as normal, which I have done, sometimes I have a few palpitations but have got used to them and they dont worry me. I find if I keep well hydrated I get them less (dont know if thats coincidence or not but it works for me!
Have to have AB cover for dental treatment as there is an increased risk of SABE (sub acute bacterial endocarditis)this is a small risk though and a one off dose of ab's an hour before visit to dentist covers you.
IHope all goes well at docs for you, heart murmurs are really very common and not usually anything to worry about.
I was diagnosed with a heart murmur after a nasty virus about 10 years ago. Of course I crapped myself with worry but the Dr said it's quite common. he said there was no treatment and to just carry on as normal, including exercise, just to go back to dr if you feel dizzy, breathless or unwell. I've never had any problems (it has probably gone as I had DS last year and noone ever mentioned a heart murmur). try not to worry.
just to add i have no probs with excercising (apart from not doing enough) and the hardest work i have ever done was giving birth to my dd and I can asure you I didnt give my heart murmur a moments thought!
Has the GP mentioned wich valve he thinks is affected? If you find that the dizziness and chest pain are coming on with exertion, then I would lay off the exercise until you have had an ECHO and had the condition explained to you.
2notenuff, I'd lay off the marathon training, until you've been checked out. I'm not an expert, but I found running makes my palpitations worse. (I've a dodgy mitral valve and arrhythmia, but it causes me no problems).
I have a Diastolic Heart Mumur whatever that means ! It was picked up when i was 16 and was investigated by a Guys Cardiologist at the time and was told it would never cause me any bother and it never has, i dont need antibiotics or anything like that.