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Heart Murmur Awareness Stamp by Aimee-Valentine-Art Heart Murmur Awareness Stamp by Aimee-Valentine-Art
What Is a Heart Murmur?
A heart murmur is an extra or unusual sound heard during a heartbeat. Murmurs range from very faint to very loud. Sometimes they sound like a whooshing or swishing noise.

Normal heartbeats make a "lub-DUPP" or "lub-DUB" sound. This is the sound of the heart valves closing as blood moves through the heart. Doctors can hear these sounds and heart murmurs using a stethoscope.

Overview

The two types of heart murmurs are innocent (harmless) and abnormal.

Innocent heart murmurs aren't caused by heart problems. These murmurs are common in healthy children. Many children will have heart murmurs heard by their doctors at some point in their lives.

People who have abnormal heart murmurs may have signs or symptoms of heart problems. Most abnormal murmurs in children are caused by congenital (kon-JEN-i-tal) heart defects. These defects are problems with the heart's structure that are present at birth.

In adults, abnormal heart murmurs most often are caused by acquired heart valve disease. This is heart valve disease that develops as the result of another condition. Infections, diseases, and aging can cause heart valve disease.

Outlook

A heart murmur isn't a disease, and most murmurs are harmless. Innocent murmurs don't cause symptoms. Having one doesn't require you to limit your physical activity or do anything else special. Although you may have an innocent murmur throughout your life, you won't need treatment for it.

The outlook and treatment for abnormal heart murmurs depend on the type and severity of the heart problem causing them.
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Felixia-mew Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I have a heart murmur, I got tested at a hospital and they had todo an ultrasound-type-thing to my heart. They said my heart had a slight trickle of blood flowing backwards but it's not deadly and wont harm me that much at all. So I didn't have to STAY at the hospital but they gave me a big thing wired to my chest that looked like a time bomb and I had to wear under my shirt for 24 hours. Still, sometimes I get really bad chest pains when my heart murmur and indirect anxiety mix.
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Aimee-Valentine-Art Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
im the same hun x
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Felixia-mew Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
:heart:
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monkeyrockla Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a heart murmur, had to go get tested to see if it was significant...
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Felixia-mew Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Me too...
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Aimee-Valentine-Art Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me to hun spent a few nights in hospital x
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monkeyrockla Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=__= It was horribly boring.
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DGrayGirl-AlyssHatts Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a murmur AND an irregular heartbeat......
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Aimee-Valentine-Art Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so sorry to hear that hun hugs xxx
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DGrayGirl-AlyssHatts Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thnxx. I know I have it bad, but other people have it worse than me so I don't think about it often...
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