I would trust your Physician's diagnosis. The information he obtained would have come from different machines run by different technicians, who would have all been checking for the same types of issues. Medical care is not the result of one Doctor looking at your symptoms and guessing. It is a collaborative effort of all healthcare practitioners and corresponding diagnostic tests. The circulatory system is 1 of the most straight forward systems in the body, and operate very mechanically. An EKG or ECG (electrocardiogram) will show the electrical impulses around your heart. The paths that these impulses take will indicate if other conditions (not related to the electrical path directly) exist as well. Another valued diagnostic test is an echo or echocardiogram
. This is an ultrasound
of your heart, and will show the heart visually in real time, as well as obtain velocity values of the blood flow throughout the heart. It will determine the cause and quantify the severity of your murmur. There are other tests you could have as well, but these two would be the most relevant given your circumstances. Was the shunt (hole) in your heart an ASD (atrial septal defect
) or a VSD (ventricular septal defect
)? Both of these would be seen on an echo. It is more likely that your symptoms stem from anxiety
from your perceived condition after it was aggravated as your doctor said. If you continue having anxiety (which often presents as cardiac symptoms, among other things) you may speak to your doctor about medication to treat the anxiety (A benzodiazepine
for example) or practice breathing exercises, yoga, meditation
, etc.) Hope this helps. Good luck and all the best.