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Heart Murmur

I have been getting chest and jaw pain for quite some time now.  I also have pain in both my armsa nd shoulders, but I feel it more in my left arm and shoulder, and at times I feel the pain in my left side of my face.  I also get rapid heart rates at times even when I am not doing anything like sitting or laying down.  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
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Now i know i have to answer your post.....you have the same name as one of my daughters......if you are a rugby player i know how rough that sport is Cassie so i am not surprised in the least that you are having arm and shoulder pain and my guess is repetitive motion because generally the heart does not effect the arms and shoulders unless you are a male and in the throws of a major issue that is happening.  Again even the pain in the L. side of your face could be from your game...clenching your jaws during the game in anticipation, etc. but......the rapid heart beat is a whole nother thing.  Believe it or not most medical studies show that we get rapid heart rates at rest....its happened to me 9 times out of 10 and if we really think about it ...it makes alot of sense.  I used to think before my ablation that if i could just keep myself active all of the time i wouldn't get the episodes and it was wishful thinking because its impossible.  Heart murmurs are shared by not only you but millions and millions of people in this world from one end of the globe to the other and are usually pretty harmless.  The key to this tho is to go to your appt. and see what the doc finds and present your questions to him/her AFTER the testing is done...if its benign or they use that word you can relax and know that you are good to go on a scale of 1 to 10 a heart murmur really falls around a one or two so relax a little bit.  Good doc tho that he./ she is proactive and ruling everything else out....if you need reassurance i would just ask a couple of your fellow rugby players if they know anyone w. a mumur and my money is on that half will say they do if not themselves.  Good luck Cass and i think your doc will probably tell you the same thing or close to it..........................
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Thank you for replying.  I have been off season for a while wil Rugby because we don't play in the winter, only the Fall and Spring.  So I have been dealing with chest and jaw pain, and pain in the left side of my face, and arms and shoulders for a while and I wasn't playing Rugby during this time.  Also, the heart beats I get are rapid and they are pounding at times.  So the clenching of my jaw I don't do, and the pain in my arms aare not from Rugby either.  I do hear that if someone has chest and jaw pain and radiates somewhere else, it could be heart related.

I will keep you posted on what this echocardiogram will show.  Hopefully it will show that the heart murmur is not serious.  But I would have to wait and see what the results show.

Cassie
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My other doctor said I could have a heart valve problem caused by the heart murmur.  Can this be possible?  Also I have Rugby practice next week and I have to get my echocardiogram this Friday, will it be safe to go to practice?  Also, when I found out I had a heart murmur, I still went to practice and my heart was beating even faster thatn it usually beats when I exercise.  It waa still beating faster even several hours after practice.
Cassie
1137980 tn?1281289046
Hey Cassie personally if it were my body i wouldn't do a thing with out your heart doc telling you that its a go..................you don;t want to take chances when you don't have to......you can make a simple phone call and talk to the doc rather than going into their offices....................................
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I went for my follow-up appointment with my PCP and he reffered me to a Cardiologist next week. I am also getting a 24 hour heart monitor too sometime next week. He said my symptoms are not normal. I still have pain in my chest and jaw, and pain both my arms and shoulders, mostly on the left side, and the left part of my face. I got an echocardiogram done today, and waiting for the results. I also get rapid heartbeats at times that go over 100 beates per minute even when I am not doing anything or stressed out. For a few nights also, I have been getting cold sweat on my forehead, but I don't know if that has anything to do with the chest and jaw pain. Do you know if it does? With the heart murmur I have, I heard a whooshing on the echocardiogram and I could have a leaky valve. But I will know more once the results come back. I will keep you posted. Not feeling well at all. I am very tired and I get lightheaded at times and I get weak.
Cassie  
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