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Dr. Barton Cook
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Heart Murmur (Overview)

A heart murmur is a sound heard by a stethoscope made by the vibration of blood flow. It can be a normal finding in young healthy people, or can represent abnormal leakage (regurgitation) of a valve, valve narrowing (stenosis), or a congenital condition such as an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect, or patent ductus arteriosus.


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What causes a heart murmur? I was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. Should I be worried as an adult? What causes heart murmurs and are there any symptoms to look for?

What causes a heart murmur? I was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. Should I be worried as an adult? What causes heart murmurs and are there any symptoms to look for?

A: A murmur is simply a sound coming from the heart. It could mean nothing or be very serious and require treatment and follow -up.

See a cardiologist and get an echocadiogram with doppler of your heart. This will tell the story. And you will know exactly what you need to do if anything.

Don't wait! ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
419 Doctors shared insights

Heart Murmur (Overview)

A heart murmur is a sound heard by a stethoscope made by the vibration of blood flow. It can be a normal finding in young healthy people, or can represent abnormal leakage (regurgitation) of a valve, valve narrowing (stenosis), or a congenital condition such as an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect, or patent ductus arteriosus.


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What exactly does? Having a? Heart murmur mean for me and my future?

What exactly does? Having a? Heart murmur mean for me and my future?

Depends on cause: It might mean nothing. It might mean a lot. The answer depends on what's going on, and can be answered by the doctor who examines you and determines the exact cause of the murmur. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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How do you treat a heart murmur?

How do you treat a heart murmur?

It varies: A heart murmur is simply an extra sound coming from the heart. It does not necessarily mean there is a problem to treat. In fact, most children with heart murmurs have no heart disease at all. These are known as "innocent" murmurs. When the murmur is related to heart disease, the treatment depends upon the cause of the murmur ranging from observation to medications to catheter or surgical therapy. ...Read more

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How serious is a heart murmur?

How serious is a heart murmur?

Depends: Most heart murmurs are benign. Functional murmurs are those that relate to turbulent flow through normal valves. Anyone of us can have a murmur.

Some murmurs are related to mild or moderate leaking across valves and do not need any immediate attention. However, other murmurs are more serious and related to serious narorwing or leaking of valves. Some relate to holes in heart such as vsd's. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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I have a heart murmur and a small artery and am experiencing problems. What can I do for treatment?

I have a heart murmur and a small artery and am experiencing problems. What can I do for treatment?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Should I be worried? Can it get worst? What should she be prevent from doing? Would she out grow it. Thanks hello I have a 6years old daughter, I took her to the doctor and I was told she has a heart murmur, I really never heard of such a thing. Her doctor

Should I be worried? Can it get worst? What should she be prevent from doing? Would she out grow it. Thanks hello I have a 6years old daughter, I took her to the doctor and I was told she has a heart murmur, I really never heard of such a thing. Her doctor

Likely normal: Having a heart murmur means that when the heart beats, there is enough energy in the blood flow that some of the energy is transformed into sound. In a six year old, most likely this is a normal murmur and not a murmur caused by a heart problem. An experienced listener can hear differences in the sound that predict whether the murmur is normal. Children typically have normal murmurs. ...Read more

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Can someone with a heart murmur take a Xanax (alprazolam) and a sleeping pill?

Can someone with a heart murmur take a Xanax (alprazolam) and a sleeping pill?

Yes: Unless you're dying with end-stage congestive heart failure (hopefully not), the murmur is not an issue. However, Xanax (alprazolam) and sleeping pills have additive sedative effects (with respiratory depression) and should not be used together, just as alcohol should also be avoided with their use. ...Read more

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My husband has a heart murmur. Sometimes he blacks out when his heart rate gets to high but come back in seconds. How can I keep calm during these?

My husband has a heart murmur. Sometimes he blacks out when his heart rate gets to high but come back in seconds. How can I keep calm during these?

Cardiology consult: This condition should be checked by a cardiologist to determine the cause of his blackouts. It is possible that he has an irregulat heartbeat which can sometimes be regulated with the use of medicine (s). ...Read more

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What can cause a heart murmur to suddenly get worse?

What can cause a heart murmur to suddenly get worse?

THE HEART VALVE: Creating the murmur has become thicker or less mobile or more floppy. ...Read more

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Can a heart murmur be genetic?

Can a heart murmur be genetic?

Yes: If caused by bicuspid aortic valve or hocm...An echocardiogram would provide the answer. ...Read more

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What do you advise for heart murmur. Can I take the risk?

What do you advise for heart murmur. Can I take the risk?

One thing you: Need to check on is the need for prophylactic antibiotics for major dental procedures and certain surgeries to prevent endocarditis. Risk of physical activity depends on the heart defect. ...Read more

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What's a heart murmur?

What's a heart murmur?

Noise: It's a subjective finding of noise in a heart by stethoscope. Some murmurs are physiologically normal and others require further evaluation by echocardiogram. ...Read more

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What is a heart murmur?

What is a heart murmur?

Unexpected noise: When you listen to the heart, the traditional lub-dup of the valves closing is what you expect to hear. When you hear an extra whooshing or vibratory sound it is usually of low intensity, so the "murmur" label is used. It can be murmur "good", or just part of the dynamic flow of blood. If it is murmur "bad", it represents a defect requiring special attention and care. ...Read more

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What is benign heart murmur?

What is benign heart murmur?

Common, not serious: Heart murmur is basically an extrasound is heard/generated when the heart pumps. Benign in medicine means not serious/not concerning. Probably about 60% of young children have some murmur during the first decade of life because of the rapid changes in the heart as they grow. So, if doc said benign heart murmur, that is something not to worry. If u are still concerned, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you feel a heart murmur?

They are graded 1-6: You might feel a really loud (6) murmur by putting your hand on your chest wall but you would not be able to feel a very soft murmur. You can have a murmur which is "innocent" and has no significance or you can have a murmur which is very forboding. A trained physician lnows how to interpret the significance of the sounds that he hears. A creaky floor night mean the building is about to fall or n ...Read more

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How serious is a heart murmur?

Depends: Most heart murmurs are benign. Functional murmurs are those that relate to turbulent flow through normal valves. Anyone of us can have a murmur.

Some murmurs are related to mild or moderate leaking across valves and do not need any immediate attention. However, other murmurs are more serious and related to serious narorwing or leaking of valves. Some relate to holes in heart such as vsd's. ...Read more

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How bad can a heart murmur get?

How bad can a heart murmur get?

Depends: A heart murmur is indicative of damaged heart valves. It is graded between 1 to 5 depending on how loudly it is heard. This is usually reflective of how badly damaged the valves are. ...Read more