• Can I Have Breast Augmentation Surgery If I Have A Heart Murmur?

Can I Have Breast Augmentation Surgery If I Have A Heart Murmur?

A heart murmur is a small sound made during the regular beating of your heart—often described as a whooshing or swishing sound—and is made by turbulent blood in or near the heart. These sounds are imperceptible without the use of a stethoscope and a fairly common occurrence.

Heart Murmurs And Breast Augmentation

Many women with heart murmurs are concerned that either the heart murmur itself—or medication used to help prevent the minor seizures sometimes associated with heart murmurs—will prevent them from being able to undergo breast augmentation surgery. This is an understandable concern and requires careful consideration.

So, can someone with a heart murmur get breast augmentation surgery?

The short answer is yes. But the complete answer is slightly more complicated than that.

Most plastic surgeons would say “yes,” on the condition that your internist, cardiologist and/or neurologist have given you the go-ahead for the procedure. It is common to prescribe antibiotics for asymptomatic heart murmurs, so it is rarely a complicating factor when deciding to pursue a procedure like breast augmentation.

The other side of the debate

Some surgeons, however, contend that the risk of complicating factors is increased for women who have heart conditions, including heart murmurs. Some surgeons feel that the risks associated with having breast augmentation surgery if you have a heart murmur come more from the risks associated with the anesthesia you will be placed under, rather than the procedure itself. Most anaesthetics are respiratory and cardiac depressants, which means they affect the normal beating of your heart.

Get the go-ahead first

Regardless of how a surgeon views the associated risks, they would want to get clearance from your specialist before going ahead with the procedure in order to minimize your risk, as well as their legal liability. That being said, most surgeons have performed breast augmentation surgery on patients with heart murmurs and/or who are prone to minor seizures with little increase in the associated risks.

The bottom line is: if you have been cleared for surgery by a neurologist and/or cardiologist, you can feel comfortable proceeding with the procedure. If you are thinking about breast augmentation surgery, but are concerned about the interaction with your heart murmur, keep the above information in mind as you gather information to make an informed decision that you will be comfortable with.

October 17, 2016
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