About Heart Murmur

A heart murmur is a whooshing sound that occurs in between the regular heart sounds.  It indicates that there is some turbulence of blood flow, as the flow of blood within the heart is generally silent.  A heart murmur can indicate the presence of valvular heart disease, but can also be a benign finding, as turbulence sometimes occurs in a normal heart, for instance when it is beating a little more forcefully.  The most common test we do to evaluate heart murmurs is echocardiography.


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