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cass
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   Posted 2/26/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been getting chest and jaw pain for quite some time now.  I also have pain in both my arms and shoulders, but I feel it more in my left arm and shoulder, and at times I feel the pain in the left side of my face.  My doctor said that I have a heart murmur and I am scheduled for an echocardiogram next week.  My question is: Will the heart murmur go away?  Also, I play Rugby, will the heart murmur interfere with Rugby?
Thank you for your time.
Cassie

stkitt
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   Posted 2/27/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Cass,


Good questions but I am afraid they are beyond my scope of understanding so I will encourage you to talk with your physician.

Perhaps another member will have some input for you, Cass.



Take care and do stick with us.



Kitt

cass
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   Posted 3/28/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for replying.  I had my appointment with the Cardiologist and I found out I have heart problems. The Cardiologist read over the results of the echocardiogram with me. He did other testing as well. He said I have thickening of the anterior leaflet of my Mitral valve with mild submitral chordal, which is another word for calcification build up. I also have the leakage I told you about. This leakage is coming from the posterior leaflet of the Mitral valve, also known as Mitral Valvular regurgitation. I have leakage in my Aortic valve, and also leakage in my Tricuspid valve. All of these are not serious yet. However, I have to go for frequent Cardiology appointments to make sure this does not get serious. He said if I experience excruciating chest pain, do not hesitate to get to the ER again because the leakages may be getting worse. I still have really bad chest and jaw pain, bad pain in both my arms and shoulders, and between my shoulder blades. I am on medication for the pain and to help with the leakages so they don't get worse, but he said the leakages don't go away. If they get bad, I am in for open heart surgery.

I got blood work done as well. I have elevated CRP levels, which is C-Reactive Protein, another word for inflammation. He said I have to also be monitored with this.

For my holter monitor results, I have PVC's which are Premature Ventricular Contractions. These are caused by the skipped heart beats I am getting along with the fluttering in my chest at times, pounding heart beat at times and rapid heart beat at times.

My Cardiologist said I will have the heart murmur and the leaky valves for the rest of my life.
Cassie <!-- / message -->

stkitt
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   Posted 3/29/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Cassie,


Thank you so much for the indepth report and I learned from your experience. I am so glad to know you have a good cardiologist and reading your report this must have been a bit of a shock to you so please know you have my support.



What medication are you on for the pain? Would it be one of the Beta-blockers ?



Again, I am glad you have shared with all of us and please know that this forum is read by many people, members and non-members. Your sharing reaches out to many people in need of information.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

cass
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   Posted 4/5/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for replying.  I have another question though.  One morning when I went for my follow-up appointment in the morning, my blood pressure was 90/60 and then when I went for my other follow-up appointment in the afternoon the same day, it was 114/59.  Is my blood pressure kind of low?
Cassie

Post Edited (cass) : 4/5/2010 3:16:30 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 4/5/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cass,
 
I do not know what you normally run but 90/60 is on the low side.  Did your Doctor or the nurse make any comments on this reading?
 
Hugs,
 
Kitt

cass
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   Posted 4/5/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for replying.  My blood pressure is usually in the normal range.  I had 90/60 twice.  The last time I went to my doctor it was also 90/60.  All they said was it was kind of low.

Post Edited (cass) : 4/5/2010 5:37:39 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 4/6/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Cass,


Wondering if you are drinking plenty of fluids and eating healthy? If you are not on a medication that is causing your BP to be low then I would recommend talking with your physician about the low readings. Any sx when your 90/60..........dizzy, weak etc ?



Take care,



Kitt

cass
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   Posted 4/9/2010 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for replying.  With my three leaky heart valves, I notice something else.  I still do some jogging just to get out and try to enjoy the weather, but my chest bothers me more when I go jogging and also I am noticing that my throat hurts as well.  I didn't think much of it at first, because usually if I had allergies or an illness, I would have a sore throat for a few days or more.  But my sore throat goes away after I am done jogging.  I did decide  to ask my regular doctor the day after my Cardiology appointment and he says I may have Angina, which could lead to a heart attack.  There are tests that my Cardioloigist can do to test for that, but he hasn't done that type of test.  Chest and throat pain while doing any type of exercising are Angina symptoms

Also, three times I have had very bad pain between my shoulder blades and that only lasted about 15 minutes and then it was gone.  My doctor said net time it happens get to the ER again because because this could be a sign of a heart attack.
 
Cassie

stkitt
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   Posted 4/9/2010 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Cassie,


Your physician is correct. Angina is a type of chest pain or discomfort caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease. When you have coronary artery disease, your heart muscle doesn't get enough oxygen-rich blood. This lack of blood flow may cause chest pain. Angina is typically described as squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest. Many people with angina say it feels like someone is standing on their chest.



Angina is relatively common, but can be hard to distinguish from other types of chest pain, such as the pain or discomfort of indigestion. If you have unexplained chest pain, seek medical attention right away.



Keep us posted on how you are doing.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt
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