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Did my doctor miss a heart problem?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 2, 2011
  • 00:33 AM

Hi. When I was 15, I fell ill abroad. I was given antibiotics bur never told what I had. After recovering I still had symptoms. They sent me for check ups and they did some kind of ultrasound? on my heart. They found a grade 1 murmur and mild regurgitation. My pulse was also fast at about 140 resting. My doctor lost these reports and then said this was due to stress. Is this likely?

I'm almost 20 now. I'm feeling increasingly tired. Often when I stand, I feel faint and the more active I am, the worse I feel. I had my BP taken and its 96/74 (lower than I remember). My pulse is better at 127 resting. I've got a salty diet and I've cut out caffeine. I'm not overweight, my BMI is 19.4. Could this be more than stress?

Thanks.

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  • Hi. When I was 15, I fell ill abroad. I was given antibiotics bur never told what I had. After recovering I still had symptoms. They sent me for check ups and they did some kind of ultrasound? on my heart. They found a grade 1 murmur and mild regurgitation. My pulse was also fast at about 140 resting. My doctor lost these reports and then said this was due to stress. Is this likely?I'm almost 20 now. I'm feeling increasingly tired. Often when I stand, I feel faint and the more active I am, the worse I feel. I had my BP taken and its 96/74 (lower than I remember). My pulse is better at 127 resting. I've got a salty diet and I've cut out caffeine. I'm not overweight, my BMI is 19.4. Could this be more than stress?Thanks.bump, i still need help. Thanks.
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  • "Could this be more than stress?" = yes of course.I think your doctor should pay much more attention to your symptoms, you really may have heart problem. If you tell me your full date of birth, I'll give you diagnostics regarding your heart problem.
    alltimatehelp 128 Replies Flag this Response
  • stress can cause an increase in pulse during an anxiety attack, but a resting pulse of 120 and higher indicates that perhaps your heart if having to pump too hard to do it's job. It's a sign that perhaps your body is NOT getting enough oxygen. and a murmur can cause that.a murmur is a structural problem with your heart and NOT cause by anxiety at all. it's very real. regurgitation means that your valve is not closing and some of the blood is literally going the wrong way in your heart - to state it simplistically. google murmur. I am sure you can find some movies that how how some of the murmurs work. and some are worse than others. a resting pulse of over 120 that goes on and on is not nothing. and it's NOT anxiety. If i were you, I would not run, or workout hard, or do any strong physical activity until you know what the issue is. meanwhile, rheumatic fever can cause a heart murmur. is it possible that was the problem when you were a child that required the antibiotic? That's how my dad ended up with valve damage and at the age of 80, had to have a heart valve replaced due to damage caused from when he had rheumatic fever when he was younger. maybe google rheumatic fever? if your dr. is blowing you off, get a new dr. we should never allow ourselves to get less care than we deserve esp when we have "objective" symptoms that are off - like pulse, blood tests etc. "subjective" (inside symptoms only we can feel) can be harder. anxiety is subjective....an elevated pulse is not. I think it IS possible that your dr. has missed your real problem - or found it when he found the murmur but has undertreated it. Have you noticed on this thread how many of us have been told "it's anxiety" because the medical profession either doesn't take the time to find out - OR insurance pays for 10 minutes now and it's just NOT enough time for dr's to really pay attention. it bothers me so much. I saw a new dr. last year and my first appt was ten minutes. I've been in disability for 30 years. How do I give a history even in ten minutes - and that included my "physical"....which of course was listen to my lungs and tap my knees and that was it. that was a year ago. I have not seen him since. and he is my "dr" of record. Imagine? he doesn't have a clue who I am....hope this helped. insist on more testing. bebold!be.
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