How can a doctor detect a heart murmur?

Listening. By definition, a murmur is an extra heart sound beyond the lub dup of the typical heart. You pick it up by listening through a stethoscope. You can usually define its origin with an echocardiogram, but many murmurs are just simple blood flow with a typical location and intensity and need no further evaluation.

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The doctor said I had a heart murmur but it is mild is that okay?

Usually. A murmur is just an abnormal sound the heart makes, usually from one of the 4 valves. The vast majority are of no clinical significance. But the type and quality of murmur help to determine if it's a problem. Especially if you are not having any symptoms (fatigue, dizziness, etc) a mild murmur is benign. Read more...
Echocardiogram. Many heart murmurs are insignificant and the examining physician usually can identify significant ones. If there is any doubt, an echocardiogram can diagnose abnormalities of the heart which produce heart murmurs. If the echocardiogram is normal it proves that a murmur is insignificant. Read more...

Doctor found a heart murmur on my 18month old today. He has got to have a scan. Should I be worried?

Well child? Children who are tired, short of breath, losing weight and not eating or playing may well have a serious heart condition. A playful, well child who is growing and gaining weight is less likely to have a significant or worrisome murmur. Read more...
Heart murmur. Murmur is the sound of blood through valves/ openings. Often is physiologic - fast flow through tiny heart .Others- holes that did not close w/ birth ( patent foramen ovale),or mitral valve prolapse(floppy valve), not usually very significant. Patent ductus, ventral septal defect, bicupid valve, stenosis, hypertrophy, anomolous vessels require more f/u. Serious ones often present at birth. Read more...

Might a doctor recommend a termination if woman had a heart murmur? And what about if she's carried a healthy baby to term before?

CONCERN. Might you be the woman? It would surely depend a lot on the cause of that psrticular murmur. Maybe a cardiologist could be more specific about the meaning of the murmur and whether it really was a cause of concern. Dont ponder this alone - we frighten ourselves needlessly and we're often wrong when we try to guess. Read more...
Depends. There are far to many women out there with multiple successful pregnancies and a heart murmur to say this idea is routine. If someone was in borderline heart failure i could see where someone might consider that idea, but not for most folks.Many murmurs are innocent reflections of blood flow and would have no significant impact on a pregnancy. Read more...

Sometimes I get pains near my heart. I have a innocent heart murmur. Doc said she could barely hear it and it was innocent. Is this bad or no?

Doesn't sound bad. Lots of people have heart murmurs. This doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you or your heart. If you are really concerned you could get an echo, (an ultrasound of the heart) but that seems unnecessary from the information provided. I would not worry about this, just like your doctor told you. Read more...

My doctors said I may be at risk for a heart murmur. How would you tell if you had a heart murmur or not beforehand?

Heart Murmur. Not all heart murmurs are associated with significant heart disease. If a heart murmur was heard in physical exam, get an echocardiogram to rule out valvular abnormality. Read more...
A sound. lots of confusion about what a murmur is. It's simple: a murmur is an abnormal noise coming from the heart as heard with a stethoscope. A murmur can be innocent, meaning an abnormality that is of little consequence: or else it can portend an issue that needs further work up. If your physician hears a murmur ask if it bears working up further. Read more...
Stethoscope. A heart murmur is a sound your doctor hears with s stethoscope during your physical exam. You either have one, or you don't. Many heart murmurs are harmless, just the normal sound of heart flowing through your heart. Some may indicate pathology, such as a narrowed or leaking valve. An echocardiogram is a good way to tell the significance of a cardiac murmur. Read more...

What kind of doctor should I take my infant daughter to if she has a heart murmur?

Infant murmer. Assume it was heard by a pediatrician. Most infant murmers are benign and resolve over time. You should seek the advice of your pediatrician about the murmer. Sometimes an echocardiogram is obtained to evaluate the murmer and if abnormal then you may be referred to a pediatric cardiologist. Read more...
Pediatric cardiologi. you should take her to a pediatric cardiologist. Did your pediatrician say what kind of a murmur it is? A lot of children, at some point, have an innocent murmur, which is transient and benign. If it is pathologic, you should be referred to the specialist, be well! Read more...

My doctor says I might have a heart murmur. Will this effect my performance in track?

Needs evaluation. Murmurs occur when blood moves thru the heart. Some are due to blood that flows thru a valve that is narrowed or doesn't open fully. Others happen if blood moves backwards thru a valve that has closed. Unfound holes in the septum are also a cause. Causes range from benign to serious and all need evaluation. A serious murmur can result in poor sports performance or death under extreme circustances. Read more...
Depends. A heart murmur is the sound that blood makes when it flows through the heart. Most heart murmurs are normal sounds ("innocent" murmurs), which occur in about 40% of children and would have no effect on athletics. Murmurs can also be caused by malformations of the heart, which occur in about 1% of children and rarely do impact athletics. Your pediatrician or a cardiologist can let you know. Read more...