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What is a diastolic murmur ?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
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In brief: Turbulent blood flow

A murmur is a sound that is heard when blood flow is turbulent.
Normal blood flow is like a lazy flowing and quiet river. When there is obstruction, the flow becomes turbulent.This is much like when there are rapids in a river and you can hear the sounds. When the sound is heard over the heart, it is called a murmur.When it occurs during diastole, when the ventricles fill with blood it's diastolic.

In brief: Turbulent blood flow

A murmur is a sound that is heard when blood flow is turbulent.
Normal blood flow is like a lazy flowing and quiet river. When there is obstruction, the flow becomes turbulent.This is much like when there are rapids in a river and you can hear the sounds. When the sound is heard over the heart, it is called a murmur.When it occurs during diastole, when the ventricles fill with blood it's diastolic.
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