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    A heart murmur is an extra sound heard in your heartbeat, usually only audible over a doctor's stethoscope. Read more →

    I am 25 and have been told I have an enlarged heart and my heart murmur has come back. I was born with a heart murmur and was due to have open heart surgery. The consultants told my mum it would close up eventually so felt surgery wasn't needed in the end. I have hospital Thursday to see the consultant. What will they do?





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    I am 25 years old and i have 2 kids.But when am relax and a sleep i get woken up by a real bad pain in my left arm and really bed pain in my chest where it feels like am someone is sitting on me and where my heart is it feels like the pain is a dull pain but a small stabbing pain. Am worried that it could be my heart or i have a 38 d breast size and because my bother had a heart attack and now he brain damge he like vegatable really. Please help as i don't what to do. Many thank and sorry about the spelling





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    Hi, I'm 31 and started having increased palpitations, flutters and pounding heart around 3 months ago. I am a smoker (now reduced) BMI 19 and have 2 children and work full time. Then i started to have short sharp pains just to the left of my sternum. I went to my GP who ordered an ECG which showed a previous heart attack. Since that day my symptoms have not really come back as bad, mainly mild tightness in the left side and palpitations. I did have one day where I came over with a cold shiver my heart was pounding right into my neeck and mouth which was scarey i felt like i would explode, there were some pains to my chest but not the same as the firstvtime. i felt terrible after really dizzy then just tired. A stress test was arranged as I have family history of heart problems at a young age but my stress test was fine, my heart rate was still 108 18 mins into recovery but thats all. So I guess im asking, am I ok? Was the first ECG wrong? If it was, what could be causing this?





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    hi im 18 im male i have really bad chest pains on and off mornings and night it feels really tight left hand side feels like my heart is going a million miles an hour. ive had it for about a year been doctors xrays come up nothing had three of them. when im in public i have to hold my chest and croch down alot of the time anytink active normally bring it on. it either feels like a small hole in my lung or heart, but hospital have checked my heart they say everythinks fine. i dont know where to go from here. can you help ?





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    I had a similiar problem recently, caused me alot of anxiety! Had ekgs done, the whole nine! Believe it or not it turned out to be acid reflux(heart burn)...try going to a gastroenterologist and have him or her examine you!

    Could be related to smoking if you do.

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    I'm 16 and have had several motor and vocal tics since the age of 8, which are really hard to control and others avoid me as a result. The worst ones are violent head jerking which can cause a lot of pain in the back of my head/neck and making kind of squeaky/ grunting noises; which I don't realise I'm doing until someone points it out. The feeling just builds up then suddenly releases, which only gives temporary relief before it starts again. I think O.C.D. is also there as I always have this paranoid feeling that something bad will happen if I don't do certain things like check the contents of my bag 5 times before going to bed or aligning my work/ pencil case so they're parallel and in size order. I re-read this message 7 times before posting to be absolutely certain that there are no errors. Has anyone tried hypnotherapy to cure tics? I think I might try it and see if it helps before seeing a doctor. If not, would an official diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome or O.C.D. affect my chances of becoming a surgeon?





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    Hi there, I searched for tourette and saw your message and am happy to write a reply. Firstly, I am 38 years old and I have tourettes syndrome. I was diagnosed at age 20 at the National Hospital for Neurology in Queen Square, London (Your GP can refer you). For a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome, your symptoms must have been present for more than a year, start before age 21 and you would need to have motor tics and vocal tics to be present for a diagnosis. There is no cure, no one knows exactly where tourettes comes from, its more common in boys, but there are drugs like haloperidol, sulpiride etc. to control symptoms if they are very bad. I dont advise taking medication for tourettes as it upsets brain chemicals and in my experience the side effects arent very nice. My consultant told me to only take the medication if the symptoms interfere with my job. I dont take any medication. I also have OCD and ADHD - these conditions are often present with tourettes sufferers. Symptoms do wax and wane over time and as I have got older they are not so severe. Do go to your doctor for a chat and if you would like a diagnosis, a neurologist would be the best specialist to see for this. Dont stay alone, dont put up with abuse anywhere and remember, you are perfectly normal. You will have a normal lifespan and you can do anything you want. Be strong and remember - you arent any different from anybody else, you simply may have a rare neurological condition. Regarding your career choice: Don't worry! There is a famous surgeon in the USA who has tourettes, and........ I am an accident and emergency nurse at a London Hospital and yes, I do use needles and take bloods etc., and I'm probably more accurate than most, because my concentration when doing these skills is amazing! Good Luck! Matt.

    Hello I am 18 and i have Tourette's Syndrome as well. i first got my symptoms at the age of 3 and was diagnosed at 8. i'm not sure at how to explain it but i do strongly suggest finding things that take your mind off of it. i have also found that over the last 5 years, from when the severity of my tics peaked at 12/13, that i have the ability or will power if you call it that to change my tics slowly in to other things that are less noticeable by forcing myself to do something that is sort of the same but not as good at satisfying the urge to twitch. but since i started trying to do this i have managed to turn all of my swear words and verbal twitches to quiet noises at the back of my throat, and to curb the physical twitches i tence the part of the body and the muscles that are used for that part of the body i am twitching .. its not brilliant but it is a preventative measure that has worked over the long term for me. i used to be on 9 pills a day and i am now 7 months pill free and managing. going on pills wasn't my choice it was that of my doctor and my mother. but i was on Resperadone and Clonadine for the other things i have with my TS [OCD, ADHD, ADD, Anxiety, Paranoia, Depression and Rage attacks]. all i can say to you is just try to find something that helps and gets your mind off the twitching, i find for me its Exercise, or if i am in public i keep all manner of things in my pockets to fiddle with and a pack of sweets or chewing gum :) .. i'm pretty sure not a lot int his will help that much but i just wanted to share with you how i have managed this, in the hope that it is of some help to you .. and before i go i am going to tell you a quote that i try to live by "Don't see Tourette's as a problem, See it as a challenge to over come. Best of luck mate :)

    hi im 16, i think a have panic attacks i went to the doctors and he put a heart monitor on me but i dont think theres anyting wrong with my heart because i have reaserched my symptoms and it matches up to panic attacks they make me feel soo depressed and i cant breath and my heart feels like some one is crushing it and wont stop. they make me feel really down and i have self harmed and even considerd taking my life i dont have any reasons for this but im scared if a dont do something about these feelings i might go too far





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    are you depressed as this sometimes brings on attacks ask your doc about anti depressents. its not a nice feeling i know!

    Hi i know it sounds daft me saying this but try not to worry about your heart beating fast because it will only make it beat faster. if the doctor says your heart is fine, trust them they know what they are on about. i have suffered from panic attacks and anxiety for 3 years now and its really awful to live with, but the bit of advice i can give you is to take up some kind of exercise such as jogging or the gym or swimming because it really helps, it releases feel good chemicals into your brain, give yourself a hobby because it takes your mind off whatever is worrying you. i started going the gym twice a week and it as done me a world of good. dont think of taking your life think of how upset your family would be you can get through this and remember your not on your own thousands of people have this problem you have x x x

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    Hi my partner has been suffering from anxiety, depression and has been having heart pulpatations(fast/slow heart beats) he is on medication and it seems to be working, however he has developed a habbit where he has to keep checking his pulse and compairing it with mine all the time, its very frustrating! is this a case of OCD? Thanks Claire





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    My 20 month old daughter has been diagnsed with epilepsy recently also been told she has a slight heart murmur which will be investigated. we are worried though as my cousin died from a hesrt attack caused by her epilespy. is her epilepsy likely to be weakening her heart?





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    I am 57 and had a heart attack last year before which I had been on HRT for a number of years. I have now had to come off the HRT and am experiencing vaginal dryness and night sweats. I have tried all the usual lubricating gels without success and don't know what to take which won't conflict with my heart attack medicines. Has anybody been in a similar situation and found any solutions?





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    I have been having fainting episodes, pain in between my shoulder blades. I found out today that I have a heart murmur. I also have very high anxiety. My question is, is my heart murmur causing my fainting? I also have blueish toes, fatigue and trouble breathing.





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    I am as well 32 and since I was born I have arithmia (Tachicardie - fast heart rate) which is caused by an nerve from my heart which is extra (I was born with it) and when I was younger it was neutral but since about 5 years because I suffered quite a lot amount of stress it became active and I have times when my heart just jumps out of rithm and goes to 200 per minute or more!! The doctors gave me pills to slow down my heart rate but those give me cramos in my heart when I take them daily! ___ Any heart condition/disease is difficult to handle___ Sometimes you must learn to live with it because there is no other way. Controling the amount of stress and trying to live a calm life can help!! Good luck to all of you!! :)

    Is it after you exercise? I had a really high heart one stage it was 140bpm then 170bpm and only every went down to 120bpm when resting along with the same symptoms as you, so I think you should get this checked at your doctor for any abnormalities. They picked up a quite and serious heart murmur which related to a much larger problem. I also had open heart surgery due to this, if anyone needs any help or questions about it.Thanks, tell me how it all goes.

    Hi am 32 years old My heart Started beating in funny way so I had to go see my doctor So My doctor Said to me you have a heart mumrm I panicked he told me don't worry you could live with it and We'll be treated So I went to the hospital They had to make a little in My left leg And they put the device all away from my leg to my heart And close the little hole Since the day My heart Became normal Living my life Without worrying any more So please anyone's got the same problem see the doctor as soon as possible I know is not dangerous you could live with it but it's better to be treated before you get age 45 Thank you for listening





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    I am as well 32 and since I was born I have arithmia (Tachicardie - fast heart rate) which is caused by an nerve from my heart which is extra (I was born with it) and when I was younger it was neutral but since about 5 years because I suffered quite a lot amount of stress it became active and I have times when my heart just jumps out of rithm and goes to 200 per minute or more!! The doctors gave me pills to slow down my heart rate but those give me cramos in my heart when I take them daily! ___ Any heart condition/disease is difficult to handle___ Sometimes you must learn to live with it because there is no other way. Controling the amount of stress and trying to live a calm life can help!! Good luck to all of you!! :)

    Hey I'm nearly 16 and a couple of years ago my moms brother was in the hospital and they found out he had a eptopic heartbeat. Recently, they have found out my mom has something badly wrong with her heart and the blood doesn't get to her heart and the arteries are blocked she now has to keep going back and forth to the hospital and I'm scared my heart isn't right because my mom thinks it runs in the family. Help!





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    hi im 42 and iv always suffer with panic attacks iv been told my heart puts in a extra heart beat but now my heart missis a beat my chest feels like a warm flutter in my chest all the time and banging then i start to panic i red up on this and there is a name for this but also so it said that it can cause a stoke is there any one who can put my mind to rest and help ?





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    Hi I have had a a few hospital visits for this recently, started off as an infection but then my heart was pouding and felt like a panic attack. It was palpitations and today I have been told this is secondary to ventricular ectopics. They have give me a sedative to calm my racing heart and will be having a follow up echocardiagram and 24 hour tape shortly. Anxiety is a big player in this so I suspect they will be treating this soon.

    I am 16 years old and have severe health anxiety, I can't sleep, constantly checking my symptoms and thinking its the worst possible thing. I'm terrified with the thought of dying and I am mainly worried about my heart as I get skipped heart beats many times a day and this just makes my anxiety worse and makes me feel really depressed. I Have had tests done but I find it hard to believe what the doctors are telling me and I am convinced I have a heart problem.





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    Hi im the exact same!! And ive never belived what rhe doctors are telling me i allways think they dont have a clue and what if theyve missed somthing out!! Its good in a way to see someones having the same problems as me ive been rushed ro the hostpital a few times thinking i was having a heart atack or thinking it was just going to stop working or thinking ive got internal bleesing cos mu tummy makes a funny noise etc even trying to sleep i had to sleep sitting up cos i thought my heart was gnna go just a major horrible feeling. and everything i look up or anything others or myself says to myself dosnt help... but i have found a website today wich i thinkacctually could help... its a free course on panic attacks why they happen.. what happens.. how to breath..etc etc its alot to read but read it from the biggining and i think it might acctually help its ... http://www.panic-attacks.co.uk/course/4-panic-attack-symptoms-hyperventilation-over-breathing/ I hope it helps.. good luck!!

    Hey,ive been recently diagnosed with a heart murmur.I have been told to stay away from stimulants such as food colouring :red and yellow mostly, and caffine. My pulse rate suddenly goes incredibly fast and i feel light headed and like im going to faint if I get hiccups. My mum was serioucly worried when she could feel my heart beat was very strong and very fast. I was just wondering if this kind of heart murmur might be dangerous to me?





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    right i went for a medical test the other week and they told me i have a heart murmur and they said theyd write to my doctor about this to see what he thinks...now before i found this out i never even noticed anything but now i notice a slight pain just under my heart when i breave in hard or move to fast..ive been signed off work due to depression and anxiety and its making me worry slightly now as im only 24 ...any ideas or is there something i can take to keep my heart healther...my diet aint to good as i eat anything an everything when i feel like..dont like salads etc tho ...any ideas would be great...Thanks





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    I went to the doctors today and he found a heart murmur i keep fit i do lots of cycling and running daily i am really worried i am due to have a heart scan.





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    hi i was born with compex cynotic heart [half heart] when i was 5,6 years old went to france were professor fontan operated . but in 2006 my heart stared funny beats was told it was afs.was sent to manchester royal who said they would do half of fontan, but now i asked to go back to broadgreen, drs have said they not doing op now [for very long time] iam very restricked in every thing i do they no this and as far as im concerned they are blackmailing me to go back there.is there anywere i can have op just to get back my life.





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    hello i wondering if someone could help me i am 43 and i get what feel like a airlock were me heart is the doctor as said it is a twing nerve in my heart but he did no test and information would be greatful as sometime this is painful amd it scare me





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    Hello, i'm 19 and found out that I have two leaky heart values. I did go to my GP and had many tests done. I'm meant to have treatment for my heart problem, but my doctor says that I am too young. I feel like i'm getting no where. Any tips?

    Hi I'm 19 and I ended up noticing something in the shower today. I ended up finding a heart shaped mole on the left side of my sack. Should I see a doctor or something? I've never seen a heart shaped mole and it kinda bugs me. When I'm in the shower I can tell its clearly a heart but if I were to check in my room or something it'd look like a regular mole.





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    Hi, I'm Garima,age 29. My heart murmurs were strong since birth, though detected very late.I had an open heart surgery 7 years ago in India. It was an ASD closure.There are the operation scars because of that and it looks very embarassing. Could something be done to get rid of that???





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    Hi Jodie - hope you have been to see a doctor by now, but if you haven't you should go ASAP, preferably at a hospital, where they can give you an ECG (which produces a printed graph of your heart's activity/performance), as this could be a heart problem.

    im 28 and in excess of 20 stone, i suffer badly with fluid retention and pain in my feet and ankles due to my weight. i have seen my doctor who i found very patronising and unhelpful and actually quite rude, i have history of heart disease in my family with my father dying when i was young at the early age of 44 following a long battle with heart disease and a heart transplant. im really scared that if i dont lose weight i will become a statistic and die young too. is there help available on the nhs to help me lose weight ?





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    hi i have suffered from panic attacks since i was 17 and now 26 but at the same time i suffer from my heart skipping beat and it uncomfortable when it happens, my dr said its to do with my anxiety is this true as i was getting them all day every day im now taking beta blockers for it and scared that it could be something bad as i have a big fear of having a heart attack please help me





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    hi i am 24 Years old and i am 5ft0 and weigh 17stone3 pounds i've been trying to diet all my life and nothing seemed to have worked i have a hole in my heart and doctors told me i am putting strain on my heart but i still don't do nothing about it and it is worrying me and it is making me depressed :(. So please help thanks





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    Hi, calculating your BMI your very badly overweight :( sorry if to upset you, im also VERY large myself... As this is bad for your heart also id consider looking at surgery if nothing is helping, Im over 21 stone 5pounds, at 5ft9. ive tried everything! an due to serious damaged legs from a different reason i need surgery to help me get well. I would of thought if you mentioned gastric surgery to your doctor you could go down the road to that for you LAST option.. I was just like you, diets nothing worked, i had pills, starved myself which i knew was wrong! just try 3 meals a day no snacks inbetween, if u are that hungry just have fruit. Hope this helps xxx

    Hi i get these shooting pains at night in my heart and my back is constantly aching through the day. My diet is fairly good and i smoke very little. I have been to hospital a few years ago and everything was normal. Im a fit lad physically and im 25! Just dont want to have a heart attack





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    HI...both my parents have had heart problems..mother died @ 62 with heart attack and father had triple bi pass(still alive @80) ...I am now experiencing and have been for a while..shortness of breath,inablity to yawn proberly? need to clear my throat every 5 mins, cramps mostly in hands,those strange twinkly lights you get that leave you with a headache....on routine examination have found I have heart murmur..any ideas if there is problem???? oh I have underactive thyroid and all the usual things that go with it..I have always been very heathly and am begining to feel not my "usual" self..and I appreciate im getting older but feel "not right"





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