A normal heartbeat makes two sounds like “lubb-dupp” (sometimes described as “lub-DUB”), which are the sounds of your heart valves closing. Heart murmurs are abnormal sounds during your heartbeat cycle — such as whooshing or swishing — made by turbulent blood in or near your heart.
Heart murmurs can be present at birth (congenital) or develop later in life. A heart murmur isn’t a disease — but murmurs may indicate an underlying heart problem.
Most heart murmurs are harmless (innocent) and don’t need treatment, but some heart murmurs may require follow-up tests to be sure the murmur isn’t caused by a serious underlying heart condition. Treatment, if needed, is directed at the underlying cause of your heart murmurs.
If you have a harmless heart murmur, more commonly known as an innocent heart murmur, you likely won’t experience any signs or symptoms.
An abnormal heart murmur usually has no obvious signs, aside from the unusual sound your doctor hears when listening to your heart with a stethoscope. But when these signs or symptoms are present, they may indicate a heart problem: Continue reading Heart murmurs