unusual veins in the top of the heart

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/17/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope someone can help please.
I need some advice. I had a heart scan and they said i had a small hole in the heart but that all was ok.
However 3 weeks later i have a letter from the hospital saying that i am being referred to a heart specialist as he has seen the pictures and has said thre are unusaul veins drainging from the top of my heart.
Examination maybe another Echo or a camera down the throat, which i dont want.
has anyone else had or heard of this.
Charley confused

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   Posted 3/18/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Went to the doctors for an ear infection and she heard my heart and said about a murmur.
Sent to a doctor at the hospital to have it investigated and a scan revelled a tiny hole, she said nothing to worry about.
Now we have a letter from an Echocardiogist specialist who wants more test becaust of these unusual veins

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   Posted 3/18/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in the uk so dont pay for medical care its funded through the nhs.
Thanks for the imput.

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   Posted 4/30/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
i am 41 years old. all my life no one ever heard my heart murmur.
Due to blood pressure and shortness of breath i was sent to a cardio dr. they did a stress and echo test on me and found the hole. later put camera down my throat and did bubble test.was told it was a very small hole that it shouldnt be my problem.
due to my blood pressure not coming down from pills my family dr sent me other cardio dr. he decided i needed it close. when they went in they was very surprised at how big my hole really was.
a hole in your heart can case you alot of problems in a very short time when your heart gets tired.

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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Charley 2006,  I completely agree with butterfly0000000 and completely disagree with Selmer.  Although PFOs are common, people need to be very aware of the fact that on occasion they can lead to serious symptoms, complications and even death from fatal strokes or heart failure. 
Thank goodness you live in the UK where you don't have to worry about insurance issues like we do here in the US.  And I had the opposite experience.  Doctors at first ignored my symptoms because I was 38-39  at the time I started developing symptoms and in great physical condition; all my basic tests (BP, iron, cholesterol, stress test, etc.) came back perfect but I kept persisting because I felt awful (short of breath and extremely tired all the time after being very physically active all my life).  I was the one who asked for and demanded additional tests, and I have incredible insurance coverage here in the US.  After more intensive tests they finally discovered by PFO and I had the closure 6 months ago and I am feeling almost back to normal.
So, my advice to you is that if doctors suspect something MAY be wrong, have it checked out.  It could be nothing and at least you'll have peace of mind.  Or, it could be something and thank goodness you had it checked out and taken care of before it become something more serious developed, don't you think?
Take care,
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