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Old 06-08-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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Question Are These Related?

Hi All,

About two months a go I was at the doctors for a thyroid check-up and he said that I had a heart mummer. He had me go in for a 2-D echo, which showed an enlarged bottom portion/muscle. He sent the test results to my general doctor who said it was probable due to high blood pressure. Well, I have never been told that I have high BP, in fact, I am sure that it was always been low. I have noticed in the past that my heart would sometimes beat real hard once or twice and them go back to normal. Anyways, he gave me a prescription for a diuretic to see if that would help. At this appointment, he checked my blood pressure (13?/7?), but did nothing else. Did not listen to me heart. I am a little overweight and have been trying to lose weight. He offered to give me any weight loss med that I wanted. I turned him down on those, because I personally do not think that they work.

My question is this. My right arm has been hurting for quite a while. It is not severe, but kind of like I have worked out to hard (haven't done that) and it is very sore. I also think I have some weakness in that arm as I have been dropping things lately. Also, my hands have a tendency to go to sleep at night when I am sleeping. Any connection?

I have an appointment with my general doctor next Monday. I don't think he wants to send me to a cardiologist, but should I insist? I am not real happy with my doctor, but don't know of any good ones in my area. Any ideas if the heart problems and the sore arm are related?

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Old 06-09-2005, 08:31 AM   #2
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Hi jkoz,

Many people have a heart murmur that doesn't require treatment...but it should be monitored.

A side effect of a diuretic (my med, furosemide) can be, but highly unlikely, is weakness, numness/tingling in the arms/legs. IMHO "soreness" isn't related to heart problem.

The heart enlargement is a more serious condition. There may or may not be a connection with the heart murmur. For instance, during systole (heart pumping) some of the blood flows back into the atrium due to a valve problem. The heart compensates by enlarging its chamber/chambers to meet the system's demand for more blood. Many other reasons for an enlargement as well and that includes high BP. Regardless, it appears you have heart issues and a cardiologist is better prepared to understand and apply the proper treatment.

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