Heart Murmur

By Lizzz222 Latest Reply 2011-01-26 10:25:06 -0600
Started 2010-10-28 20:24:01 -0500

I have a heart murmur myself.I have it checked regularly by a doctor,he says it sounds ok. My 9 yr old daughter also has one,she has had it since she's been 4.That's when it was discovered.Do I have anything to worry about? She is active,but takes after me when it comes to weight.She is overweight.Should I have her seen by a cardiologist? Her doctor says it sounds small,but I do worry and would like some advice on this pls.

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HeartHawk 2010-11-17 08:50:05 -0600 Report

Add me to the heart murmur club! It was diagnosed in my 20's while I was being examined for migraines (which moved from my head to my stomach but that is another story).

It was originally diagnosed as a prolapse mitral valve (extremely common) and I did the whole "profilactic antibiotic" therapy thing before going to the dentist, etc. It was later downgraded to a "slight mitral valve insufficiency" after numerous tests and exams I had for my heart disease (I have become a regular test "guniea pig" in my role as a consumer health advocate) and I no longer am prescribed the antibiotics.


amooozing 2010-11-16 20:38:07 -0600 Report

I had a heart murmur as a child, then it went away. About 2 years ago I went to a doctor, after 20 years of not seeing one (I know, dumb old me) and was surprised to find that I again had a heart murmur. To make a long story short, after a lot of procrastination, I had an echocardiogram and found that my aortic valve was very small 5mm and part of my heart was enlarged from having to work so hard to pump the blood out. In May of this year, I had the valve replaced with a cow valve and though recovery has been slow and a bit frustrating, it is good to know that my heart now pumps blood like it should and has already returned to normal size. So, I would suggest that if you have a heart murmur to find out what is causing it. They have tests like the TEE, echo cardiograms, angiograms (I had all of these tests done) and so forth and they can find out what causes the murmur.

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2010-11-04 14:01:09 -0500 Report

I also have a heart murmur. My doctor said the same thing that Afib's did about not worrying about it unless anything out of the ordinary happens like lightheadedness. Just make sure your daughter tells you if anything out of the ordinary happens so that you can get it checked.

Afib 2010-10-30 13:39:00 -0500 Report

I myself have a heart murmur too since I was born, and now I've noticed it does flutter a more often than it used to. The only thing the doctors tell me is that it is small and I should only worry if I begin to feel light headed, dizzy or see spots. I wouldn't worry too much if the doctor says it is small. Have they done the ultrasound yet? I am slightly overweight, and have been since I had my first child. I've had my moments where I do regular excersie, and moments where I don't do nothing at all. I've noticed that I feel it more when I don't do nothing. Maybe that should be my concern. Be more active and eat healthy. In your case, I would just keep an eye on your daughter and expalin to her on how she feels or if it bothers her.

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