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Heart Murmur - Topic Overview

How is it treated?

If you have an innocent murmur, you do not need treatment, because your heart is normal.

If you have an abnormal murmur, treatment depends on the heart problem that is causing the murmur and may include medicines or surgery. Not all abnormal murmurs need to be treated. If you have an abnormal murmur and have no other symptoms, your doctor may only monitor your condition with an echocardiogram.

If you have symptoms, you may need to take medicine to lower your blood pressure and reduce your heart's workload. You may need surgery to replace a valve or repair a heart defect.

Can you prevent a heart murmur?

Most heart murmurs are normal, and there is nothing you can do to prevent them or cause them. They just happen.

Most abnormal murmurs cannot be prevented, either. They are often caused by infections or by problems that run in families.

What you can do is take good care of your heart by living a heart-healthy lifestyle. This includes eating healthy food and getting regular exercise. Work with your doctor to control your blood pressure and your cholesterol. And if you smoke, quit. Your doctor can help you quit your smoking habit.

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Last Updated: July 06, 2012
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