What they are, the different
types and what you should do if
you believe you may have one.
Heart murmurs- what you need
What are heart murmurs?
A normal heartbeat will make a ‘lubb-dupp’ sound. This is what your
heart valves sound like when opening and closing.
Heart murmurs are abnormal sounds during your heartbeat cycle. It can
sound like a whooshing or swishing. This is blood near or in your heart.
• Heart murmurs can be present at birth (congenital) or develop later
in life. A heart murmur isn't a disease, it is a condition — but
murmurs may indicate an underlying heart problem.
• Often people have harmless heart murmurs with no symptoms and
that do not need treatment.
• A doctor will listen with an electronic stethoscope to determine
whether someone has a heart murmur and how severe it is.
The different types of heart murmurs
• There are two-1. the innocent and 2. the abnormal.
• 1. This is where blood flows rapidly into the heart and is caused by
exercise, pregnancy, fever, anemia or a hyperthyroid.
• 60% of small children have heart murmurs that are caused by their
rapid development and often they disappear.
• 2. babies are sometimes born with this type of murmur AKA a
congenital heart defect. There are 2 types.
• Holes in the chambers of the heart are called septal defects and
depending on the size and location, they differ in severity. This
creates abnormal blood flow.
• Heart valve abnormalities are often not discovered until later in a
person’s life. Valves can be abnormal when they do not close
properly and leak blood or where they don’t allow enough blood
This table depicts the different types of heart murmurs and
their severity. When a valve allows too much blood out it is
called “Regurgitation.” When a valve does not allow enough
blood out, it is called “stenosis.”
HEART MURMURS CAUSED BY
Abnormal heart murmurs, can also be caused by illnesses and
conditions, especially later in life.
• Untreated rheumatic fever can cause valves to weaken and cause
• Endocarditis is an infection that inflames the heart valves and
walls. This is caused by bacteria entering the body. It normally
affects those who are already suffering from heart conditions.
• Valves can harden or thicken. This is called valve calcification and
can cause valves to narrow (stenosis) and cause murmurs.
Your medical history determines whether you are at risk of
a heart murmur. Several factors may contribute to you
developing one later in life such as:
• A history of rheumatic fever
• Undergoing any radiation treatment
• Previous suffering of endocarditis or heart attack
• Pulmonary hypertension
• Weak heart muscle, called cardiomyopathy
The symptoms of an abnormal heart
Shortness of breath
Swelling or weight gain
Skin becoming blue, particularly the fingertips and lips
Enlarged neck veins
Heavy sweating even when not exercising intensely
If you think you or your loved one may have a heart
murmur, make sure you know the following:
• Any medications used
• Knowledge of your diet and exercise habits
• Family medical history
• Any symptoms that have occurred.
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