Anyone else with a heart murmur? I'm worried......

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by IowanMom, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. IowanMom

    IowanMom New Member

    I'm going to a heart specialist tomorrow. Both my rheumotologist and regular physician found the heart murmur.

    What kind of tests do they do?

    I'm worried....

  2. momof471

    momof471 New Member

    Have had since birth, I get echocardiograms every two years to keep an eye on it. Also have mild MVP which they can also pick up through a stethescope. Echocardiogram is painless and its neat to see how your heart works. I'm sure it will be ok.

    god Bless
  3. KMD90603

    KMD90603 New Member

    Heart murmurs are generally benign. In fact, many people have them and do not even realize it. However, what they'll probably want to do is perform an echocardiogram. It's a painless procedure where they do an ultrasound of your heart. They can check blood flow through the chambers, they can check for valve dysfunction or malformation, they can check ejection fraction, and they can check heart wall motion.

    Many times, a murmur is a normal finding caused by the sound of blood being pushed through the valves. In some cases, it can be caused by mitral valve prolapse or regurgitation. Basically...a leaky valve. There could be tons of other possible causes, but most of them are a lot less common, so I'll let you read up on them if you are curious. Try to relax and see what the cardiologist says. It's probably nothing, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

    I have a murmur, too. I had an echo done and it was normal. Aside from that, my dentist just requires that I take an antibiotic before any kind of dental work in order to protect me from infection. However, I've had dental work for years without an antibiotic, and obviously nothing has happened. So, it's basically just precautionary.

    Gentle hugs,
  4. ridfibro

    ridfibro New Member

    My murmur was caused from a massive hole that I have had since birth and an aneurysm on the wall. I have to say that going through the experience was frightening but even through the tests, surgery, and all to fix it the most painful thing was the IV.

    So even though murmurs sound scary, they are generally benign and just watched. If they do find something usually it can be handled through simple medication or just watched. Best of luck to you, let us know how it comes out.
  5. phoenixrising2

    phoenixrising2 New Member

    I've had a heart murmur probably since birth. I also have mitral valve prolapse. As a couple of doctors have said, I have a murmur and a "click", the click being the mitral valve not closing properly.

    I have had no problems. The only thing is that I have to have antibiotics before any dental procedures or surgery, as someone mentioned before.

    Good luck on your doctor's visit. I hope it will be like mine and cause you no problems.

  6. roge

    roge Member


    I had a murmur when I was 6 months old, yet not one doctor up here and I have seen too many to remember has once suggested I get an echocardiogram (despite them all knowing all my symptoms)

    yes I researched myself and most often is a benign thing, but now when I hear about research linking heart problems with ME/CFS and maybe even FM, then it makes me wonder and i think i will ask to have this test just to make sure,..., man yet another test and doctor to see - lovely

    interesting , saw a dr. of chinese medicine 2 mths ago and she asked if I had heart paplpitations (sp?) and I said I don't know and I'm not sure what that is, is that arrythmia when heart skips a beat or something, maybe she detected something?


  7. roge

    roge Member

    again, interesting how one chinese med dr. i see in my whole life picks up on palpitations, yet I have seen close to 30 north american doctors who have listened to my heart and not one of them has mentioned it. Could the Chinese dr.s be better trained or have a better feel at this as they use pulse testing as a diagnostic tool and thus would think they might have more experience with listening to the heart and pulse..mmmm??

    just checked and ya palpitations are same as arrythemia (irregular heartbeat) and can be sign of a serious heart problem , but most likley not and due to

    Some thyroid problems
    Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
    Mitral valve prolapse, a mild deformity of one of the valves in your heart

    I definitley have hypoglycemia (not formal but reactive) and definitley have the symptoms and need to graze the whole who knows maybe thyroid as well,

    Other causes are :

    the overuse of stimulants, including caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas), nicotine, diet pills, and medications such as decongestants.

    still best to play it safe i guess and ask for an echocardio


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