Heart Murmur

What is a heart murmur?

A heart murmur is a whooshing or swooshing sound made by your heart that can be heard by a doctor through a stethoscope. Heart murmurs can be ‘innocent’ or abnormal. You may feel no symptoms whatsoever, though some people are able to feel murmurs when they occur. Most of the time heart murmurs are harmless, but they can be caused by a problem with one of the heart’s valves.

How are heart murmurs treated?

If your cardiologist thinks your murmur may be caused by a heart problem, they will usually arrange for you to have an echocardiogram. This test will show if there are any problems with the structure of your heart, or with your heart’s valves. If you do need treatment, your options may include taking medicines to control your symptoms or having heart surgery to fix more serious problems, such as replacing a valve.

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