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Thread: Anyone STILL have a murmur after surgery?

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    Default Anyone STILL have a murmur after surgery?

    Just curious. Do any of you post-op patients still have a murmur? I went for my check up yesterday and actually heard my murmur for the first time and it's loud (IMO). Thing is, my echo from last week and months before that are great. My MV repair still has a mild leak (as expected), but since the mild leak is "turbulent" the result is that whooshing sound.

    Surgeon and cardiologist say it's nothing since the echo(s) show no problems. In fact, I was told to continue running and call him in a year. Anyone else experience this?
    Mitral Valve Repair / Da Vinci Robotically-Assisted
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    I don't have an expertise on this, but I did notice we had a previous discussion on this subject.

    http://www.valvereplacement.org/foru...-after-Surgery

    Best of luck in finding answers. It may well be that it's nothing to worry about but I would pursue it with the doctors.
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    Thanks. I should have searched the forum.
    Mitral Valve Repair / Da Vinci Robotically-Assisted
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    A residual murmur after surgery is OK as long as it does not come with significant valve leak or narrowing. Some patients even have what we informally call "innocent murmurs". You can hear them but there is nothing wrong with the valves. A good echocardiogram and routine follow up exams with a surgeon or a cardiologist are always the best way to deal with heart murmurs. Enjoy your healthy heart and your life. More answers at www.biappleheartsurgery.com

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    A residual murmur after surgery is OK as long as it does not come with significant valve leak or narrowing. Some patients even have what we informally call "innocent murmurs". You can hear them but there is nothing wrong with the valves. A good echocardiogram and routine follow up exams with a surgeon or a cardiologist are always the best way to deal with heart murmurs. Enjoy your healthy heart and your life. More answers at www.bigappleheartsurgery.com

    Heartdoc
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    http://www.bigappleheartsurgery.com
    It's your HEART. It's your BODY. It's your LIFE. Get informed and learn how to make the right choices!!

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    Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
    Bloodless Heart Surgery

    This post or message should not be regarded as medical advice. Don't make any medical decisions without consulting your doctors. This POST is NOT the position of ValveReplacement.org, but only meant as being for discussion on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartdoc View Post
    A residual murmur after surgery is OK as long as it does not come with significant valve leak or narrowing. Some patients even have what we informally call "innocent murmurs". You can hear them but there is nothing wrong with the valves. A good echocardiogram and routine follow up exams with a surgeon or a cardiologist are always the best way to deal with heart murmurs. Enjoy your healthy heart and your life. More answers at www.biappleheartsurgery.com

    Heartdoc
    That's pretty much what I'm getting from my cardiologist and the surgeon in Cleveland. I think the littlest thing sets me off now if something doesn't sound right. Thanks for the replies.
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    When I was eight years old, I had a repair done, but still had the heart murmur, which the doctor even explain it to me that I would still have the murmur for some time. Then there would come a time the aortic valve would have to replaced. So I had the murmur still for 28 years after repair til replacement. You can still the same active life. It just gave you more time and who knows what the future holds for you. Just take a deep breathe and go with the flow. It does nothing for you the worry about the murmur you still have. You are doing just fine. Taking care of the heart is very important thing in life to do. You are in a great place also. We all know what you are going through. Smile.

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    My son does. He still has his own mildly leaky aortic valve and a homograft pulmonary valve. It is very loud, I can occasionally hear it when lying next to him and can feel it easily. It's been that way for a long time and is stable. Kind of freaky to hear and the first time I heard it I called the PC on a weekend. I'd try not to worry since they've checked you out and all looks ok.
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    My mom has a loud murmur 5 years after surgery...cardio says it is not a problem-woohoo!!! Doctors find it very interesting to listen to! Deb
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    Yes, I am told pretty much the same. You can have a murmur AFTER surgery. Evidently this is normal, not to worry!

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    I'll always have a murmer, had surgery at 1 yr old in 1988, 4 yrs old an 1991 and still have murmer, currently fairly stable, with valve leaks waiting for impending surgery in the future
    VSD repair 3/19/88, LVOTO repair 4/21/91 Aortic insufficiency, mild sub aortic stenosis CoA, VSD patch leak, ablation for AVNRT, Asthma "It's a good life if you don't break too many guitar strings . . . its a pretty good life if you do!"

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    Hey
    I've got two murmers and a leak on my aortic valve,
    I've always had them
    Luv Sarah xx
    18; CHD'er, Truncus arteriosus type 2, large VSD, pulmonary stenosis, dialated ventricles, aortic & tricuspid valve regurgation, sinus tachicardia, 4 lots of OHS; 1.Replumb of heart 2. Conduit replacement 3 & 4. Aortic valve replacements 5 & 6 PPVR, stents.

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