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Really scared about heart problems!
Off_The_Wall posted:
14 months ago when I was in the hospital after having P and was having pre-eclamsia issues, I was scene by a cardiologist who said I had a heart murmur that once I got out of the hospital I needed to go have checked out. Well, being the way that I am, I never went to get it looked at. My brother has a heart murmur too and has been to a doctor for it and they said it was nothing to worry about.

Well now I am getting these heart palpitations multiple times every day. All of a sudden my heart will miss a beat and it will do this several times in a row and it is a very unsettling feeling.

So it's been doing it a lot this evening so I ended up sending an online request to see a cardiologist. But I am so very, very scared both to see the doctor and I'm scared something might be really wrong with my heart. Please someone tell me I am over reacting and that I will be fine!
BillH99 responded:
Please someone tell me I am over reacting and that I will be fine!

I am sorry, but no one can tell you that from trying to diagnose over the internet.

But, as in the case of your brother, many murmurs don't cause any problems.

And often heart palpitations don't mean any underlying problems.

But you well never know if they are serious are not without getting them checked out.

BTW, stress can often make palpitation worse.

So stop worry about it and deal with what ever you find when you go to the cardiologist.
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

In general-ony here, a heart murmur (turbulent sound) which, may/can come and go throughout life, sometimes, does not indicate a disease or problem, and all heart problems do not cause heart murmurs.

A diastolic (diastole) murmur occurs when the heart relaxes between beats, and a systolic (systole) murmur occurs when the heart contracts (pumps).

Systolic murmurs are graded by intensity (loudness) from 1 to 6 (I-VI). A grade 1/6 (I/VI) is very faint, heard only with a special effort. A grade 6/6 (VI/VI) is extremely loud and can be heard with a non-amplified stethoscope held slightly away from the chest.

Additionally, as applicable, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, has various causes or triggers, cardiac and non-cardiac in origin (includes during and after pregnancy).

As reported, PVCs are typically harmless (benign), be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

However, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is if/when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

Additionally, of the different types'kinds of heart conditions, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic (such as an irregular heartbeat/arrhythmia, requiring the use of a Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities), or even be silent.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
I always think that the best way to "feel better" about worrisome symptoms is to get information - by seeing your doctor. Even in situations where something cardiac is going on, you will be in a position to understand it better and actually do something about it. I think it's a great idea that you are reaching out!
Off_The_Wall replied to James Beckerman, MD, FACC's response:
Thanks so much for all the information! As I posted last night, I submitted a request to see a cardiologist but I still haven't heard back from them. If I don't hear back from them this evening I will call in the morning.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to Off_The_Wall's response:
I'm glad to hear that! And remember the squeaky wheel. Be persistent to get an appointment as quickly as possible.

Peace of mind will be the best holiday gift you can give yourself!

Off_The_Wall replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
None of the doctors can see me until January 5th. So an entire month of worrying about this!