Posted By Debby on December 15, 1998 at 11:35:30:
I am a 39 year old Female. I am on birth control pills. I was diagnosed 3 years ago with Juvenile Heart Murmur. I have skipped beats, especially around menstruation, and when I am sick. but lately, it has been every day. Two weeks ago I went dancing with some friends, and while dancing, I experienced a very alarming feeling in my chest..like a radiating sensation starting in the chest and spreading throughout body. When I slowed the intensity of dancing, the sensation went away (within minutes)..The rest of the evening I am fine. This has happened before during intense dancing. I had a stress test, an echo and doppler done years ago. All came out normal except the EKG showed a "valley" on the last line of EKG which the doctor indicated was my heart murmur. I explained that when I get skipped beats, it prompts me to cough. I get dizziness ocassionally, however, I usually try to deal with it. I have 3 questions:
1. Should I be on birth control pills? Do I stand a higher chance for blood clots/strokes if I have heart murmur and take the pill?
2. Is there anything I can take for symptoms?
3. Do you suggest I see cardiologist again if I am getting pain - or is this generally a sign of heart murmur?