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chest pain, heart murmur

My husband was diagnosed at birth as having a heart murmur.  He has borderline high blood pressure.  He sometimes experiences chest tightness.  He is only 27.  Could this be signs of a serious condition?  Does a heart murmur stay with you throughout life?  Could it have anything to do with his blood pressure and chest pain?  Should he see a specialist?
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Dear Nikki,

It would be important for your husband to have a full cardiovascular examination to determine whether this murmur has persisted.  If it has, he should receive and echocardiogram to characterize what is causing the murmur and recommendations chould be given to you regarding the use of antibiotics prior to dental or urologic procedures.

As far as hypertension.  he should have this controlled.  Both of these concerns could be easily addressed via a good internist or a cardiologist.

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