Heart Murmurs

The chambers of heart are shown here.A valve that is not functioning properly usually causes a noise called a murmur.

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