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What is the treatment for a heart murmur? Surgery?

What is the treatment for a heart murmur? Surgery?

Murmur: Heart murmur is just noise. If the noise is caused by a significant heart blood flow problem, that is what you need to know. Ask your doc what is going on. ...Read more

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Heart Murmur (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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What are treatment options for a heart murmur?

What are treatment options for a heart murmur?

Murmur: Heart murmur is just noise. If the noise is caused by a significant heart blood flow problem, that is what you need to know. Ask your doc what is going on. ...Read more

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How bad is a heart murmur? How important is treatment or going to the doctor for it?

How bad is a heart murmur? How important is treatment or going to the doctor for it?

Murmur Common: Many are Benign, some are not. You need a Cardiologist to listen, you may need a sonogram of UR heart (echocardiogram) - simple test. The echo is best way to follow a murmur that is not currently important but could become important in later years. ...Read more

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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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13 yo had heart murmur 2 yrs ago otherwise healthy& active today had dental cleaning w bleeding should he take profilact abx? What to look out for?

13 yo had heart murmur 2 yrs ago otherwise healthy& active today had dental cleaning w bleeding should he take profilact abx? What to look out for?

Usually not: Pre-dental antibiotics were once widely prescribed but the list of indications has narrowed considerably. The list today includes those with artificial grafts/valves, complex congenital heart disease, etc. Your simple murmur does not qualify. ...Read more

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How is rheumatic fever and a heart murmur linked to dental care?

How is rheumatic fever and a heart murmur linked to dental care?

Premedication: The concern is the "remote" possibility that bacteria from the mouth could enter your blood steam via cut or scrape, extraction etc and colonize on the heart valves. This can cause bacterial endocarditis. Another concern is the possibility these clusters of colonization can bread off and clot in another part of the body. Some patients need antibiotic before dental treatment. Discuss with your md. ...Read more

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My son is 14 and needs teeth cleaning. I was also told thathe has a heart murmur. Are antibiotics needed?

My son is 14 and needs teeth cleaning. I was also told thathe has a heart murmur. Are antibiotics needed?

No.: According to the latest guideline from both american heart association and american dental association, any heart murmur alone does not need premedication prior to dental work. Even mitral valve relapse with regurgitation won't need antibiotic prophylaxis now. Study showed that unnecessary antibiotics before dental work gives you more risk than benefits. ...Read more

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I have many abscess teeth for about 15 years this has cause a heart murmur been on antibiotics for 6 years I don't want to die but no one will help?

I have many abscess teeth for about 15 years this has cause a heart murmur been on antibiotics for 6 years I don't want to die but no one will help?

Help yourself: You must take better care of yourself. Help must begin with your own willingness to care, seek proper medical treatment and follow advice and instructions. A teaching hospital with a dental department should be able to provide you with excellent medical and dental care. ...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 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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What to do about my heart murmur?

What to do about my heart murmur?

See a cardiologist.: Just see a cardiologist and he or she will tell you if there's anything that needs to be done. Could be fine, or could require attention. It's all in the details. ...Read more

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What does having a? Heart murmur mean?

What does having a? Heart murmur mean?

Turbulent flow: The most specific meaning is turbulent blood flow from the "rooms" of the heart (the chambers) through the "doors" (the valves). Many causes exist. The can be from problems or changes in the valves or heart, or from things that effect the blood flow (anemia, exercise, dehydration).Some causes are benign (flow murmur, sometimes prolapse, venous hum), sometimes more serious like valve failure or blockage. ...Read more

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What does a slower heart murmur mean?

No idea: A heart murmur is the sound produce by turbulence as blood goes from one chamber of the heart to the next when the flow is not smooth. So it can be described as loud or soft, short or long but never "slow". You need to check if you have the right term. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in a heart murmur?

None: Heart murmur is a finding on physical examination, not a diagnosis or a symptom. Heart murmur means that blood flow makes noise when listening to the chest. Heart murmurs can be due to normal blood flow or due to a heart problem. ...Read more

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Could a heart murmur be a cause for concern?

Could a heart murmur be a cause for concern?

Depends: There are many different types of murmurs, not all are a problem. A good physical may be all that is needed. Other testing such as echocardiograhy can be very helpful. See your doctor. ...Read more

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In simple terms what is a pansystolic heart murmur?

In simple terms what is a pansystolic heart murmur?

Heart murmur: A heart murmur is sound produced by an abnormal heart structure. Pansystolic murmur is one which continues throughout the whole heart contraction phase. The commonest pansystolic murmur is mitral insufficiency, others are ventricular septal defect and tricuspid insufficiency. There are others less common. ...Read more

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Do I need to have my heart murmur checked regularly?

Do I need to have my heart murmur checked regularly?

It depends: Heart murmur is not a diagnosis. You need to know what is causing your murmur. ...Read more

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What kind of heart murmur do I have or possibly had?

What kind of heart murmur do I have or possibly had?

Murmurs are not: Normal but not necessarily a bad thing, you would need an echocardiogram to definitely diagnose ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you have a heart murmur?

A murmur is: Produced as a result if turbulent blood flow sufficient to produce audible sound hear by stethoscope. A murmur can be physiologic or pathologic. Most common cause is narrowing and/or leaking valves. Physical exam and auscultation in combination with echocardiogram for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Please tell me what happens when you have heart murmur?

Please tell me what happens when you have heart murmur?

Murmur: A murmur is a noise caused by turbulent flow in a vessel or the heart. Anemia often causes an increased heart rate which can cause a murmur. Abnormal valves or connections between chambers can also cause murmur. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Heart murmur?

What is the definition or description of: Heart murmur?

Heart Murmur: 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. ...Read more

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What are somethings that a person with a heart murmur must do?

What are somethings that a person with a heart murmur must do?

DEPENDS ON THE: Severity, which valve, the health of the heart muscle itself, age, other medical conditions. ...Read more

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What happens if a heart murmur is left untreated, what happens?

What happens if a heart murmur is left untreated, what happens?

Depends: It depends on the cause of the heart murmur. Some are "benign" and should be left alone. Others are serious. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a newly discovered heart murmur if you are 65+?

How dangerous is a newly discovered heart murmur if you are 65+?

Murmur: Heart murmur just means noise. Talk to the doc and what he believes is causing the murmur and what is its significance. ...Read more

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What happens if a heart murmur doesn't heal? What are the next steps?

What happens if a heart murmur doesn't heal? What are the next steps?

Too vague: A murmur is a sound your provider hears through a stethoscope, and may me associated with a normal heart. If the murmur is related to valve pathology, the severity of the condition will have to be evaluated and followed, usually with an echocardiogram. If the valve condition is severe and produces symptoms, or changes in the hearts function, repair or replacement of the valve may be needed. ...Read more

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What happens if a heart murmur doesn't heal? What are the next steps?

What happens if a heart murmur doesn't heal? What are the next steps?

Murmur: Heart murmur is noise caused by turbulent blood flow in and around the heart. In timing there are systolic, diastolic and continuous murmurs. By cause there are too many to enumerate here. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the army reject you if you have a heart murmur?

What's the expert opinion, could the army reject you if you have a heart murmur?

That depends on what: The cause of the murmur is. Check this site for standards for various causes for murmurs: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/heart. Htm. ...Read more

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Does a rbbb cause a heart murmur?

Nope: The right bundle branch block would just cause the right ventricle to contract a little later than normal. If you have a murmur, it must be unrelated. Many murmurs are completely benign -- a good cardiologist can tell you the cause of your murmur and whether or not it is of concern. ...Read more