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How common are heart murmurs?

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It can be scary to learn that you or your child has a heart murmur. However, heart murmurs are quite common and are often harmless.

They occur in many healthy children, who may or may not outgrow them as adults. They may also occur during pregnancy. Such murmurs are called "innocent" heart murmurs. They are not associated with medical or heart conditions, and do not require treatment or lifestyle changes.

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National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Heart Murmur."

MedlinePlus: "Heart murmurs and other sounds."

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Heart Murmur."

MedlinePlus: "Heart murmurs and other sounds."

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 02, 2018

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