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Heart Murmurs

The chambers of heart are shown here.Some heart murmurs may be linked to cardiac valve disease. However, not all heart murmurs mean valve disease.

Learn more about the different types of heart murmurs:

It is important to keep in mind the following key points to discuss with your physician if you have a heart murmur:

  • Careful evaluation of type and mechanism of the valve problem is needed to predict its course
  • Medications to improve heart function and slow progression
  • Antibiotic protection for dental and other medical procedures
  • Careful yearly (at least) follow-up with a cardiologist or the Mercy Cardiac Valve Center
  • Only severe valve disease needs valve operation
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