Heart Murmur

What is a Heart Murmur?

A heart murmur is made by blood flow within the heart and can be heard through a stethoscope. Heart murmurs can be congenital and present at birth or may be a condition where it develops later in life. A heart murmur may indicate underlying heart issues. They are usually harmless but may require follow-up tests to ensure the condition of your heart.

What are the symptoms of a Heart Murmur?

  • Chest pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Decreased tolerance for physical exertion
  • Heavy sweating with minimal to no exertion
  • Light-headedness, dizziness or fainting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath

How is a Heart Murmur diagnosed?

Blood Test
A  blood test will be done to organ function, and check cholesterol levels and the presence of anemia. 

An echocardiogram is a form of ultrasound which shows your heart's movement, structure, and function.

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
An electrocardiogram records the electrical impulses traveling through the heart.

Imaging Test
Cardiac imaging tests are done with ultrasound or CT scan to check the size of your heart and if there is fluid build-up surrounding organs.

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