Heart Murmur - Topic Overview
How is it treated?
If you have an innocent murmur,
you do not need treatment, because your heart is normal.
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.
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?
heart murmurs are normal, and there is nothing you can
do to prevent them or cause them. They just happen.
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