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I have Heart murmur, please suggest

Hello, over the last 7 years i have had heart skips and flops and have gone through 3 kids with this. I have had a ekg but nothing else done.(ekg was fine) I ask many Drs(3) if i was okay and they all say the same. Yes. I went to the ER today for another issue and they listen to my heart and said i have a heart murmur and ask what type it was.This got me kind of worried and I said i dont know because i never had to really looked at. My question is my Dr told me since i've been this long with it and gone through child birth 3 times im pretty safe and i would have really known at pregnancy, do you think she is right? I am kind of worry about things alot. Thanks very much for looking.
Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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It sounds like premature ventricular contractions to me if there are "skips" (a missed beat followed by several more forceful beats). I've had that for about 6-7 years. Well, actually, I've felt glitches for 15 years, but it became a full-blown thing for half that time. I've had several ekgs, a Holter monitor and an echocardiogram. Everything came back normal, but I take Atenolol because the irregular beats were frequent enough to affect my quality of life. The only reason I was given an echocardiogram was for my reassurance, because the doctors were convinced it was nothing dangerous. If you think it'll help you feel better about things, maybe you should get one too. Also, if you're a worrier, chronic anxiety can be a cause for that condition (which is benign, but annoying).
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