Hearts are pretty incredible organs. They work all day pumping blood around our bodies and we don’t usually notice they are even there at all. Most of us are lucky that our hearts function without any complications but not everybody is so fortunate. One of these complications is a heart murmur.
A heart murmur is a whooshing sound from the heart that is caused by a turbulent blood flow 1. It can be present from birth or it can develop later in life. It is usually quite harmless and won’t require treatment, although it can also lead to a variety of more serious symptoms that require treatment.
Symptom #1: Anemia
We are often told that we should get plenty of iron in our diets, and for a very good reason. Iron is essential for the development of hemoglobin, a protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood. Without iron, oxygen will not attach to our red bled cells and cannot be transported around the body for essential functions.
A lack of hemoglobin in the blood is known as anemia and is a common symptom of a heart murmur 2. This lack of oxygen can cause weakness and can potentially lead to severe complications if left untreated. Eating an iron-rich diet can help.