What is a Heart Murmur?
A heart murmur is an unusual sound heard during a heartbeat, often resembling a whooshing or swishing noise. While some heart murmurs are harmless and require no treatment, others may indicate underlying heart issues such as valve abnormalities or defects.
Symptoms Accompanying Heart Murmurs
In many cases, heart murmurs are asymptomatic. However, depending on the underlying cause, you may experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Fatigue or weakness
- Dizziness or fainting
- Cyanosis (blue-tinted skin or lips)
Treatment for heart murmurs depends on the underlying condition and may include:
- Observation and regular check-ups for harmless murmurs
- Medications to manage symptoms or conditions causing the murmur
- Surgical interventions like valve repair or replacement for more serious cases
If you or your child has been diagnosed with a heart murmur, understanding the cause is vital. Schedule your appointment with our cardiac specialists today for a thorough evaluation and a tailored treatment plan.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is for educational purposes and should not substitute professional medical advice. If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as severe shortness of breath or chest pain, dial 911 immediately for emergency medical assistance.