Our expert says:
I am not sure what you mean by “two co-octation to the aortic” but I presume you were born with coarctation (a narrowing of the aorta in the chest, close to the origin of the artery to the left arm) and the coarctation required a balloon dilatation. The murmur could be coming from the coarctation or from the aortic valve or both. It sounds as though whatever problems you had have now been fixed.
The newer problem is palpitations, whichare probably not related to the coarctation. From your description they do not sound like sinister palpitations, and remember that palpitations often occur even in people with perfectly normal hearts. My advice would be to go back to your cardiologist and arrange for 24 or 48 hours of ECG monitoring, which is simple to do and will give you and your cardiologist information about your heart rate and rhythm when you have the palpitations. He or she will then be in a much better position to advise you about what, if anything, needs to be done. Many palpitations are completely benign and do not need treatment of any kind.
Best wishes, JT
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