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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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Dr. Barton Cook
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Heart Murmur (Definition)

Heart murmurs are clinical findings in which a physician hears a murmur (a sound caused by the flowing and turbulence of blood) during the physical exam of a patient. Murmurs occur due abnormalities in the valves of the heart ...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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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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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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Anyone know what is a heart murmur and what should I watch for?

Anyone know what is a heart murmur and what should I watch for?

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 mistranslate what the dr. Tells them. ...Read more

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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

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What is a heart murmur specifically? & is it dangerous?

Abnormal sounds: Heart murmur is a sound generated by blood flowing in your heart. There are many reasons for it. In young patients usually it is an innocent murmur indicating well working heart. In older patients it may signify an abnormality in one or more valves within the heart. It can be concerning if the valves are not working properly in older patients, echocardiogram is diagnostic test. ...Read more

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What causes a heart murmur? I had a echo done but showed nothing but mild regurgitation

What causes a heart murmur? I had a echo done but showed nothing but mild regurgitation

A sound : Murmurs are sounds that are caused by blood going through a structure (valve, hole, etc.). It doesn't have to be abnormal. In fact, there are more normal "innocent" murmurs than abnormal ones. Mild regurgitation sometimes can't be heard, so your murmur may not even be related. It is either that flow through the valve or an innocent one. ...Read more

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What causes a heart murmur and why would I have one at age 40? Can stress/anxiety cause one?

What causes a heart murmur and why would I have one at age 40? Can stress/anxiety cause one?

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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What does a heart murmur feel like? Would i be able to feel it? Does it get worse over time? Does it feel like a pressure yet lightness in ur chest?

What does a heart murmur feel like? Would i be able to feel it? Does it get worse over time? Does it feel like a pressure yet lightness in ur chest?

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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