A heart murmur is an extra or unusual noise that a doctor hears when listening to your heart with a stethoscope. Instead of the usual “lub-DUB” sound of a heartbeat, a heart with a murmur produces an extra whooshing, swishing or clicking noise. This noise comes from abnormal or turbulent blood flow through the heart, usually because a heart valve isn’t working correctly.
Aurora Health Care is among the most experienced in the region when it comes to treating people with heart disease, including heart murmurs and all types of valve disease. We are also experts in minimally invasive procedures that can correct heart murmurs and treat heart valve disease very effectively.
Sometimes there are no symptoms that indicate a heart murmur. If there are symptoms, they might include:
Doctors classify heart murmurs as either “innocent” or “abnormal.”
Innocent heart murmurs aren’t dangerous, and they generally don’t cause symptoms. Anemia, fever, hyperthyroidism and pregnancy can trigger them. They often disappear over time.
Abnormal heart murmurs usually have one of two causes:
In most cases, heart murmurs don’t cause serious problems. Still, if you or your child has any symptoms, it’s important to talk with your doctor.
To diagnose a heart murmur, your doctor will perform a physical exam and listen to your heart with a stethoscope. If they detect a heart murmur, they will refer you to a cardiologist for more tests.
To provide a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan, the cardiologist may use tests and diagnostic procedures such as:
Learn more about heart and vascular diagnosis and testing at Aurora.
If you or your child is diagnosed with an abnormal heart murmur, we will work with you on a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Your treatment plan will depend on what is causing the heart murmur. Your care might include medication. Your doctor can also recommend lifestyle changes that can help keep your heart healthy.
If your heart requires additional treatment, our surgeons are experts in advanced, minimally invasive procedures to help heart valves function better. These treatments include: