Re: Heart Murmur? New Dr. says I have this, but 2 prev drs didn't detect it
This is a common problem. There are three main scenarios.
1. The murmur is new due to a cardiac event - which may be possible if you have been having ECG/EKG's for some reason.
2. The murmur may be a diastolic murmur or class I out of IV (which are very quiet and usually only cardiologists can hear them)
3. The doctors heard them, and just didn't tell you because they didn't think it was significant (there are many types of murmurs that often don't need to be worried about)
To avoid point 3, I always mention to my patients - has anyone ever said you have a murmur? So that way if a doctor down the track mentions the murmur, the patient doesn't think I missed it.
If you are symptomatic, in terms of reduced exercise tolerance, shortness of breath, bluish tinge around the lips, chest pain, or have a 'whooshing' sound in your ears you may warrant having the murmur looked into with transthoracic echocardiogram which is a pretty non-invasive ultrasound of your heart to determine accurately if any functional or structural problems exist with your heart and its valves.