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Dr. Barton Cook
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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'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?

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?

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

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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 can one treat a heart murmur?

How can one treat a heart murmur?

Depends: On the specific murmur. Some are physiologic and benign while others may be pathologic. See your doctor. ...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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Anyone know what is a heart murmur?

Anyone know what is a heart murmur?

Turbulent flow: When fluids flow smoothly, they make no noise (imagine a peaceful, quiet stream); when there is turbulence, they make noise (imagine a raging river). This is a murmur, turbulent flow through the heart, which makes noise. It can be associated with the valves, with various malformations within the heart. Many are benign (flow mumur in pregnancy) but some are bad (aortic stenosis). Talk 2 M.D. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a heart murmur?

I was diagnosed with a heart murmur?

Noise: The finding of a heart murmur refers to the ability to hear blood flow. Usually this is accomplished with a stethoscope. There are many possible causes for the finding of a heart murmur, including simple normal blood flow that is audible. Some murmurs are definitely abnormal. More information is necessary and if the murmur is abnormal, there should be a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a heart murmur?

What are symptoms of a heart murmur?

None, really: A murmur is a sound from flow in the heart. It can come from a lot of reasons. Symptoms, or how you feel, depend on what is actually going on with your heart. Lots of murmurs are totally normal. When you see your doctor, start with how you are doing or feeling, and if there is any change from before. This will help in the interpretation of your physical signs, like a murmur (if any). Be well! ...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?

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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Can you advise for heart murmur and military?

Can you advise for heart murmur and military?

Murmur: A heart murmur. A murmur is just noise. Sometimes serious problems cause a murmur many times a murmur is caused by normal flow. Patients often misctranslate what the dr. Tells them. ...Read more

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Can I still exercise if I have a heart murmur?

Can I still exercise if I have a heart murmur?

Depends: Depends on the reason for the sound (murmur). A murmur is not a diagnosis, it is a sound you hear with a stethoscope. Ask your doctor if it is an innocent murmur, or if you have heart disease. And ask about exercise. ...Read more

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What number of types of heart murmur are there?

What number of types of heart murmur are there?

Murmur: A heart murmur. A murmur is just noise. Sometimes serious problems cause a murmur many times a murmur is caused by normal flow. Patients often misctranslate what the dr. Tells them. ...Read more