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Do people with cardiomyopathy usually have a murmur?

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Dr. Fuad Kiblawi
Pediatric Cardiology 28 years experience
Not necessarily : Depends on the type and severity of the cardiomyopathy. If its dilated cardiomyopathy (big heart and poor function) there will be a murmur if there's associated mitral valve leakage. With hypertrophic cm (thick heart muscle with good function) there may not be a murmur, could be intermittent depending on position/posture, or fixed. There could also be other abnormal sounds such as a gallop.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Check with your doc: Yes and no you may need echo check with your doc.

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