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What are the traits of the murmur of mitral insufficiency?

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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Harsh, Blowing

The murmur is harsh, blowing, and holosystolic radiating from the apex of the heart to the axilla. It has a characteristic midsystolic click. It is often asymptomatic but can cause difficulty breathing at night, with exertion, or when laying down. Diagnosis is made with an echocardiogram.

In brief: Harsh, Blowing

The murmur is harsh, blowing, and holosystolic radiating from the apex of the heart to the axilla. It has a characteristic midsystolic click. It is often asymptomatic but can cause difficulty breathing at night, with exertion, or when laying down. Diagnosis is made with an echocardiogram.
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Well I sort of agree but mitral valve prolapse is just one reason for mitral insufficiency. That related to other things such as coronary artery disease of cariomyopathy for instance would not be expected to have the midsystolic click.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Systolic

It's holosystolic murmur that's loudest in the left lateral part of the chest and in the left axilla, louder with hand grip.

In brief: Systolic

It's holosystolic murmur that's loudest in the left lateral part of the chest and in the left axilla, louder with hand grip.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Mitral regurgitation

Is typically a holo systolic murmur best heard at the left lower sternal border or apex.

In brief: Mitral regurgitation

Is typically a holo systolic murmur best heard at the left lower sternal border or apex.
Dr. Rick Koch
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