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Old 08-12-2003, 07:03 AM   #1
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Question What's this heart murmur thing??

Over the past week or so I have had what seem to be like panic attacks. I will just be sitting there watching tv or something and I suddenly find it difficult to breathe. Over the past 24 hours it became worse and at one point I stopped breathing. I went to the doctor and he just told me I'm having panic attakcs or something, which I thought was a load of bull but whatever he's the doctor so he would know best. Then he checked my heart beat and he suddenly got all serious because I had a heart murmur. My mum told him that I have been feeling really faint and weak often so he told me to go to some other doctor. Then he says if I have difficulty breathing again before I get to see the other doctor, to take me straight to the ER and he gave us the names of what hospitals to go to (because they are the ones that have some heart thingy that I forgot what it was).

So my question is should I be worried at all because the doctor kinda freaked me out with the whole go-to-the-er-if-it-happens-again thing. I mean my so called "panic attacks" are happening really often, but just not as bad as the other day when I stopped breathing.

Anything will be helpful

 
Old 08-12-2003, 09:25 AM   #2
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Hello, I have a heart murmur too. Was the doctor they sent you to a cardiologist? Probably, if it's a heart doctor. They probably just sent you there to make sure there's no serious problems. They have to rule all heart murmurs out because they can be a sign of an underlying heart disease but a lot of people just have murmurs that are completely normal. I was sent to one because I had palpitations 3 times and at the doctor they found that I had an irregular heartbeat and murmur too. I went to the [pediatric] cardiologist and everything is pretty much normal, they just have to refer you to someone to make sure they don't get blamed on misdiagnosing down the road if something actually did come up. When they said go to the ER if it happens again it's probably because they could do tests like EKGs and watch you to help further diagnose you. I was told to go to the ER if my tachycardia was as bad as it was before so they could do an EKG and other things to help the diagnosis. How old are you? I'm just wondering because you said your mom was with you. I'm 14, but I don't think panic attacks are that common in the teen years. Not to scare you or anything, they aren't usually serious if you have them. You might just need to be on medicine or go to a social worker or something. Well good luck. It doesn't sound like anything serious from what I heard.

 
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:47 PM   #3
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I'm 16. My mum and I are convinced they aren't panic attacks though. I was under the impression that when you have a panic attack it was kinda different I guess, and that there had to be something to make you panic. I'm not under any stress or anything so I don't know why I would have them. It feels like I am breathing through a straw or have just run a marathon or something. It's not always bad, sometimes it just feels like I'm a little short of breath but other times it feels like I am really short of breath.

I woke up last night choking because I couldn't breathe, I think it seems to get worse in my sleep. I didn't know you could get panic attacks in your sleep.

Anyway I find it really weird. I like breathing lol

 
Old 08-16-2003, 04:13 AM   #4
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My mum and I are convinced they aren't panic attacks though. I was under the impression that when you have a panic attack it was kinda different I guess, and that there had to be something to make you panic.
For starters, one does not need "something" to make them panic. Panic attacks can occur unpredictably and spontaneously. But I'm not here to tell you that you have or have not had panic attacks. I don't know. If I were you, I would go to the specialist and tell her your problem exactly as you have told us here.


 
Old 08-16-2003, 08:43 AM   #5
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Originally posted by Kylie1:
Over the past week or so I have had what seem to be like panic attacks. I will just be sitting there watching tv or something and I suddenly find it difficult to breathe. Over the past 24 hours it became worse and at one point I stopped breathing. I went to the doctor and he just told me I'm having panic attakcs or something, which I thought was a load of bull but whatever he's the doctor so he would know best.
I wouldn't totally disregard what your doctor says about panic attacks. When they happen, they feel a lot more serious than they are. In fact, to the person that is having them, (s)he might not only feel that (s)he can't breathe, but also the very very nasty feeling that you are about to die, along with your heart feeling like it will bounce out of your chest, and that you can't see anything etc. etc. etc. It's VERY scary, but the thing is, it's just due to overactivity of a certain division of your nervous system called the "sympathetic nervous system".
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Then he checked my heart beat and he suddenly got all serious because I had a heart murmur.
All a heart murmur is, is a sound (when the doctor is listening with his stethoscope) that goes along with your normal heart sounds, which is not usually there. In an older individual, a heart murmur can be serious indiciation that there is something structurally wrong with the heart, but in a young healthy person like you (most young people are) it's probably nothing.
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My mum told him that I have been feeling really faint and weak often so he told me to go to some other doctor.
Sometimes you can get something called a "pansystolic murmur" when you're anemic, which would fit the description of you feeling faint and weak.
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Then he says if I have difficulty breathing again before I get to see the other doctor, to take me straight to the ER and he gave us the names of what hospitals to go to (because they are the ones that have some heart thingy that I forgot what it was).
Can you find out what the name of the "heart thingy" is? I'm interested in knowing what your doctor told you.
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So my question is should I be worried at all because the doctor kinda freaked me out with the whole go-to-the-er-if-it-happens-again thing. I mean my so called "panic attacks" are happening really often, but just not as bad as the other day when I stopped breathing.
Hmmm....I don't understand why he told you to go to the ER...I really wish doctors would be more explicit with their patients. I read a lot of the posts on this board, and I swear half of them are from people whose doctors just didn't take the time to explain something to them in layman's terms. Honestly, I have no idea why he told you to go to the ER unless it was to monitor your heart while the attack was happening, but that makes no sense. I say you call up your doctor again, ask him outright what the name of the heart condition is that he thinks you have, and in LAYMAN'S TERMS why he wants you to go to the ER and when.

Can you do that for me?


 
Old 08-19-2003, 05:10 AM   #6
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Well thatís another reason why my mum and I donít think they are panic attacks. My heart doesnít beat any faster or anything and Iím perfectly calm when I have them. If I breathe out a lot I can take a deeper breath in so I get just enough air and I keep doing that until it goes away. Sometimes itís worse than other times. A lot of the time I just know Iím not breathing as good but itís not bad enough to make me have to focus on my breathing like that but other times it is. I guess I have control over them if you know what I mean. Itís very hard to explain, but Iím just not convinced they are panic attacks. I talked to a lot of people who had panic attacks and what they described sounds nothing like what is happening to me.

Iím not anemic. I had SO many blood tests taken a few months ago and I was actually diagnosed with chronic fatigue but Iím not anemic.

I know that the doctor wasnít very specific, he wasnít specific about anything really but I will try and find out what he was talking about.

 
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